You’re welcome 1982-3
paper collage, plastic toys, plastic flower & acrylic on cotton duck
signed, titled & dated on reverse
164 x 122 cm
Provenance: Watters Gallery; Charles Nodrum Gallery; Private Collection, Perth.
Modern Australian Painting, Charles Nodrum Gallery, 1988, no 53;
Power to the People - The Art of Mike Brown, National Gallery of Victoria, 1995, no 57.
Above exhibition catalogues;
Richard Haese, Permanent Revolution: Mike Brown and the Australian Avant-Garde 1953-1997, The Miegunyah Press, 2011, p 231;
'You're Welcome, with its chaotic assemblage of social and cultural fragments, is far and away Brown's most outrageous collage. Through its radical disrespect for the conventional niceties of social discourse, the painting pushes offensiveness beyond all previous boundaries. Two years after the artist's death, its transgressions (most notably the inscriptions: 'Fuck the bloody pope' and 'Kill God') saw the Catholic National Civic Council of West Australia protesting through prayer on the pavement outside the Art Gallery of WA where it was on exhibition. ... In West Australia, the Archbishop of Perth, Barry Hickey, also demanded the removal of 'You're Welcome' on the grounds of blasphemy. On this occasion, however, the director of the gallery rejected calls for censorship. Brown had appropriated his two examples of graffiti from Melbourne's streets, but the inclusion of 'BOB SUCKS WHILE EAST TIMOR BLEEDS' was more personal - a deeply felt protest against what the artist viewed as the most shameful example of Australian political cynicism since the Vietnam War, a policy that the Hawke Labor Government clearly had no intention of reversion.'