During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the art school at Prahran was reflective of the revolutionary cultural atmosphere of the late 1960s. It both attracted and produced artists of enormous talent. Students at Prahran during these years included Jonas Balsaitas, Fraser Fair, Andrew McLean, Jim Paterson, Carol Jerrems, Robert Ashton, John Scurry, Alan Mitelman, Hayden Spencer, Basil Kardais and Bill Henson.
Among the teacher artists were Peter Booth and Alan Leach Jones, both internationally respected painters; Lenton Parr and Clive Murray White, both sculptors; Athol Schmith, John Cato and Paul Cox, later internationally known as a filmmaker and photographer; and Alan Money a theatrical designer well known in the Melbourne theatre scene.
The influence of these people was both subtle and profound upon those who worked with them. Between 1966 and 1969 the author was a student at Prahran and studied painting, drawing, design and majored in stage design and photography. The images are from that period.
Douglas Wilkie enrolled in the Diploma of Art course at Prahran Technical Arts School in Melbourne in 1966 after completing his final year of secondary education the year before.