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    NOLAN:Self-Portraiture, Autobiography & Visual Inventive

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    Sidney Nolan was asked why he charged so much for a painting which it only took him a day to paint. He replied that it was because he had been thinking about that painting for twenty years. I could say the same sort of thing about my poems. They came very quickly by my fifties because in my case I had been thinking about them for 30 years or as many as 50 depending on the poem and depending on what year I wrote the poem. The main difference between Nolan and I is that he worked with paint and I worked with words. Of course, there are inevitably other differences between this Australian artist and me: I am a Canadian and my work is free; he created 35,000 paintings and I have created, thusfar, perhaps, 10,000 works and as many as 20,000 if I include all the pieces I wrote as part of my employment life from 1961 to 2005. Nolan mixes self-portrait and visual inventiveness and I mix self-portrait and literary inventiveness; Nolan was famous and rich and I am neither famous nor rich. -Ron Price with thanks to ABC1 “Mask and Memory: Sidney Nolan,” 4 June, 9:25-10:20 p.m.

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    The term muse for each of the women
    in your life Sidney is, or rather was, a
    convenient but lazy title which adds a
    frisson, an excitement, to the mystique
    of your life as a painter. I could say the
    same thing about the women in my life,
    Sidney but, as you say, it’s awfully, very
    complex. You went about portraying a
    self-portrait before your vaporizing, final
    fade-away into that other world you had
    been trying to contact through your work.

    The month and the year I was born,1 you
    deserted the army and slowly developed
    your hero/victim/misunderstood artist self--
    armoring your identity for your growing,
    urgent appetite for life, your use of all of
    the quotidian and not-so-quotidian to inspire
    your art, your intensely personal work, your
    autobiographical, mercurial self, outwardly
    light-hearted but inwardly despairing self.

    I might, like you, have been driven, by rage,
    as was that Welsh voice: “Do not go gentle
    into that good night; old age should burn &
    rave at close of day; rage, rage against the
    dying of the light.” But this anti-depressant
    and anti-psychotic medication brings peace,
    peace, tranquility, stability.....an emotional
    centre as does a wife & a new world religion.

    1 July 1944

    Ron Price
    5/6/'09 to 25/8/'14.
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    married for 48 years, a teacher for 32, a student for 18, a writer and editor for 16, and a Baha'i for 56(in 2015).
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    Oh no, Ron Price has escaped the mental ward and found his way to a computer again.
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    So.. since no editor was interested, you come and tell us?
    That's adorable. Not the poem or anything, but that youthful, naive hope.
    Absolutely adorable, really.
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    It's Been More Than 5 Years

    It's Been More Than 5 Years since I was last on this thread. For those with the interest you might like to skim, scan or read all of my "chaos narrative" at: https://www.google.com.au/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Ron+Price+BPD
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