National Gallery of Victoria - Melbourne Art Book Fair 2021
proudly presents LINOU PRESS into the program.
Friday 26th March - Sunday 28th March
LINOU PRESS is an new independent publisher that focuses it's lens at the underbelly of social / political issues that uncover alternative perspectives on art and culture.
The first book was produced during the 2020 COVID lockdown and it's dedicated to my younger brother Jack Linou, who died at the age of 33 in 1997, and struggled with drug addiction, depression and living with HIV /AIDS.
Yet over a period of twelve years, he made an amazing array of artwork, which is illustrated in the book. Jack found ways to overcome his struggle through arts practice and the book highlights his exceptional artwork, which is supported by short stories and theoretical inquires about art and addiction.
The book is available to purchase for $50 though this website
and from the following bookshops:
Hares and Hyenas
Book size: 22 x 22cm square. Hard cover, full colour on gloss paper. 120 pages.
The publisher will set up an art installation in Hosier laneway and reproduce one of Jack's artworks and paint it on the wall. Linou Press will also present their next publication, Polis Politic: Street of Guerrilla Art, about street art.
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March 2021
11 am - 3pm
.... Testimonials from people appearing in the book ....
"I like an artist who is unique and stands out with a their own style and Jack was a unique artist. You knew it was a Jack work straight away"
"His incredible drive to create and express himself led to the huge artistic output he amassed over a relatively short time."
"I didn't quite comprehend the gravity of his struggles living with addiction and HIV."
"A good and bad thing came out of Jack having HIV. It gave him an opportunity to become an artist, but the virus killed him."
"Jack showed me another part of life, and I proudly have his art work hanging on the walls in my home."
"I am not a realist painter due to the reason that I live with realism everyday. Surrealism is the core of my imagination" Jack Linou. 1993
"He pursued his own uniqueness by sneaking across the borderline of convention"
.... Tributes ....
The following film is a documentary made by Jack's nephew, Alex Linou, Alex has created a snapshot that highlights Jack and the making of the book.
A Brother's Legacy: by Alex Linou Running Time: 4min
Jack diligently applied himself to learn about a range of arts practices from a self – tutoring process. He was a naïve self-taught artist working outside of the normal realm of visual arts.
His work is exciting, unique and has a quality that distinctly separates him from the general field of artists, as he followed his own intuitive response to recording his experiences through illustrations, poetry and performance.
Even thou we are in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, where the COVID virus is threatening many lives. This site is also a way to provide a platform that continues to keep HIV / AIDS awareness of those gone but not forgotten. There was a time in the 1980’ where the fear of HIV/AIDS was perceived to stem from the disposable community; gays, prostitutes and drug users.
Sadly my brother Jack was a drug user and contracted the virus through a shared syringe. Jack in those days and other drug users were consider a low priority.
Hence why its crucial to reminding people that amongst the thousands of numbers and statistics of death, that a pandemic creates and of the many ripples of sorrow that a single virus can affect many families and friends.
The book showcases a collection of Jack’ artwork, in commemoration of World AIDS day, and to continue the of awareness of HIV /AIDS . The book is a symbol of remembrance and this commemoration is woven into pages that celebrate the art of Jack Linou.
For more about Jack's other works, please see the website dedicated to his arts practice
ABOUT JACK LINOU