Redback Graphix

Redback Graphix

Anna Zagala

Redback Graphix

Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, available November 2008

128 pages, 100 + colour illustrations, 25.5 x 25.5cm., Bibliography, Index.

ISBN 978-0-642-54198-7

Design and screenprinting studio Redback Graphix used the power of the printed image to educate and inspire. From 1979 to 1994, Redback Graphix produced posters that combined witty graphics with eye-watering colours to give voice to a raft of pressing social issues – from AIDS awareness, alcohol abuse and human rights through to the promotion of local film screenings and benefit gigs. Originally designed for the street, these posters are now considered icons of an era and are highly collectable. The book includes a catalogue raisonné of Redback Graphix posters.

Available from

The National Gallery of Australia Bookshop
phone: +61 2 6240 6438, fax: +61 2 6240 6628 or email: ecom@nga.gov.au

Distributed in Australia by Thames & Hudson
Distributed in England and Europe by Thames & Hudson
Distributed in The United States of America by Washington University Press

Table of Contents

  • Before Redback
    • Street days
    • Earthworks for the good of the community
    • Brisbane
  • Glory days
    • Redback posters
    • Greetings from Wollongong
    • Stewart Park
    • Exhibitions
    • 180 km north
    • Diversification
  • After Redback
  • Bibliography
  • Checklist
  • Index


Australian posters, political posters, Redback Graphix

From the series

The printed image Australia | Asia | Pacific

Series editor: Roger Butler

Redback Graphics is the third book to be published by the National Gallery of Australia in this new series. Supported by the Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund, it will publish the research of scholars awarded The Gordon Darling Fellowship and other material which makes a significant contribution to scholarship relating to prints and printmaking in Australia and the Asian Pacific region.