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Judo house part 6 (the white bird)



Nigel Milsom


1975 –

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    oil on linen
    230.2 x 194.0 cm stretcher
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    Not signed. Not dated.

    Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2015, with the generous assistance of Alenka Tindale, Peter Braithwaite, Anon, Chrissie & Richard Banks, Susan Hipgrave & Edward Waring, Abbey & Andrew McKinnon
    Not on display
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    © Nigel Milsom

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  • About

    Nigel Milsom's 'Judo house part 6 (the white bird)' 2014-15 is a homage to the Italian Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini's altar sculpture 'Ecstasy of Saint Teresa' 1647–1652, a detail of which he encountered in print. Bernini's fervent work depicts the nun being repeatedly stabbed through the heart by an angel during a violent but blissful spiritual visualisation. Milsom was attracted to the formal qualities of the reproduction but also Bernini's representation of formal and thematic dichotomies (pleasure and pain; corporeal and spiritual; light and shadow), perhaps because contrasts have similarly framed Milsom's life and work to date (figuration and abstraction; light and dark; success and tragedy). Curator Rachel Kent agrees, suggestsing that the work reflects an 'acute sense of recognition…between the two opposing figures, or life forces, and the overwhelming emotions depicted [1].

    1. Rachel Kent, 'Nigel Milsom: surface tension' in Art Monthly, June 2015, no 280, p 41

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

Other works by Nigel Milsom

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