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Gareth Sansom


1939 –

  • Details

    Media categories
    Collage , Drawing
    Materials used
    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".

    Purchased 1982
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Gareth Sansom/Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Gareth Sansom

    Works in the collection


  • 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’.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    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.

Other works by Gareth Sansom

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