Barry Linton Profile

Arthur Baysting
25 Jan 2016

A recently discovered photograph from the early 1980s shows three young pop-culture heroes, each just starting to make their presence felt. Chris Knox leans casually against a brick wall holding a pot plant. Fellow cartoonist Joe Wylie sits sideways on a broken apple box. Both wear jandals and look straight at the camera.

Barry Linton, standing on the right, wears sandshoes and a hand-printed “Pacific Nights” T-shirt. He looks thin, slightly awkward and gazes down at the ground. The three are about to attend the opening of an exhibition of their graphic art. And it’s in a real art gallery; suddenly the Auckland comix scene is cool.

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Barry Linton -Photo by Arthur Baysting
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Chris Knox, Joe Wylie and Barry Linton
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The Furys' 1981 EP Auckland Fun, with a sleeve designed by Barry Linton
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Barry Linton - Photo by Arthur Baysting
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Barry Linton's generic Coup D'Etat poster
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The first Radio Hauraki show, 1976
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Coup D'Etat at Auckland University's Maidment Theatre, May 1980
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