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Michael Chavez used to drive a 1964 Holden EH sedan similar to the ute that appears in his recent paintings. "I liked the boxiness of it," he says. "They handle like a stone wheel and they don't brake too well, but they look good." Despite the Melbourne artist's affection for the vehicle, it represents for him an era of conservatism that is making a big comeback in Australia and the United States. "I write ironic statements like 'Lucky Country' or 'I'm Alright Jack' on them because [those who've] got it good are not really concerned about anyone who's got it tough." Chavez, also known as Migs, was born in Manila and came to Australia as a toddler. Graduating from the Queensland College of Ar

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