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Title

Family

1981


Artist

Gareth Sansom

Australia

1939 -


About

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’.


Details


Date

1981


Media categories

Collage , Drawing


Materials used

fibre-tipped pen, synthetic polymer paint, photographs on paper on hardboard


Dimensions

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".


Credit

Purchased 1982


Location

Not on display


Accession number

257.1982


Artist information

Gareth Sansom

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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.