In this work Gareth Sansom used a mix of approaches from stylised quasi-pop abstraction to photographs and ‘doodle’-style figuration. Images of a bra-clad guitarist (upside down) and members of his family, are mingled with symbols of personal significance – daggers, crosses, a wigwam-like structure, red and white ‘brickwork’ – exploring personal identity through what the artist has termed ‘a stream of consciousness’ approach to drawing’.
As a radical technique, collage was ideal for Sansom who used it as one of an array of disruptive ‘tactics’ to challenge aesthetic conventions and find new ground in art. Here he disrupted the illusory surface of the painting through the flattening effect of each photograph, whilst also interfering with the purity of materials conventional to painting or drawing, through introduction of these elements of ‘reality’.
fibre-tipped pen, synthetic polymer paint, photographs on paper on hardboard
57.0 x 76.8 cm card; 59.0 x 79.0 x 2.8 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. verso, black fibre-tipped pen "Sansom 1981".
Not on display
© Gareth Sansom. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 1 exhibition
Gareth Sansom: paintings, drawings, photographs 1965-1982, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington, 01 Mar 1982–circa Apr 1982
Referenced in 1 publication
Terence Maloon., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Sansom is rivetting', Sydney, 06 Mar 1982, [page unknown] (illus.). 'Art' in 'The Good Weekend: Arts and Entertainment' section.