A self taught artist, Lin Onus was educated in Japan, travelled to Antarctica as artist/expeditionary on a research mission in 1994, and in 1996 joined scientists and botanists retracing the steps of an 1856 expedition to one of the Northern Territory's remotest regions.
His paintings often reproduce the imagery of an idyllic, untrammelled and picturesque wilderness and graphic memories of mans' intervention with the environment. But these views are broken apart and recombined in crazily coherent pictures. Western visual culture is treated as an index of signs to be sifted through and paraphrased. Onus's work draws on many post-modern concerns in art and life in the 20th century.
Lin Onus is represented in all major Australian public and private collections and internationally.