A Beechworth artist has withdrawn from a retrospective exhibition of his work at Arts Space Wodonga next year, incensed that council staff questioned the inclusion of a reclining nude and a collage addressing the Catholic Church’s ban on condoms.

Alan Phillips said in a career spanning more 40 years and more than 30 exhibitions he had never had a situation where his work had been scrutinised with a view to censorship.

“I am quite aggrieved,” Mr Phillips said.

“I spent a lot of money and I spent a lot of time on this exhibition to the detriment of my other work.

“I see this as an anti-intellectual thrust.

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