Scott Redford's layered body of work embodies a synthesis of regionalism, identity, abstraction and pop culture. Growing up on the Gold Coast and living in Brisbane, Redford has remained resolutely committed to the iconography of his region: surfboards, motorbikes, palms trees and high rise apartment blocks appear regularly. His interest in subcultural identities feeds into this iconography and surfers, bikers or men who may or may not desire other men also inhabit his imagery.
Redford has worked with the legacy of modernist abstraction in the past, and in 'Boy with surfboard cross' 1999 the cross itself is a vernacular reference to early 20th century abstraction and the work of Malevich, here filtered through the gloss and surf culture of the Gold Coast. Inevitably it also suggests a 'hot Jesus' moment as the handsome blonde boy carries the cross as Christ did his before being crucified. The model for this work is David Rastovich, the former junior world champion surfer.
Boy with Surfboard Cross
computer offset lithograph on paper
71.0 x 50.0 cm image; 92.1 x 69.1 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., black fibre-tipped pen "Scott Redford". Not dated.
Gift of Lyell Bary 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Scott Redford. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 4 exhibitions
The contents of these paintings is secret, known only to the people of Surfers Paradise: Scott Redford and the Gold Coast, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, 25 Jun 2005–07 Aug 2005
Scott Redford: This side of paradise, Sherman Galleries, Paddington, 30 Jun 2005–23 Jul 2005
Australian art and the Russian avant-garde, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 Jul 2017–29 Oct 2017
The Unflinching Gaze: photo media and the male figure, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, 13 Oct 2017–03 Dec 2017
Referenced in 6 publications
Christopher Chapman., Scott Redford: Sherman Galleries: 30 June-23 July 2005, 'Redford's beach paradise', Sydney, 2005, n.pag. (colour illus.). variant impression
Deborah Clark (Editor), Art Monthly Australia, 'Contents', pg. 1, Canberra, Jul 2004, front cover (colour illus.), 1. variant impression
Brenda L Croft and Rachel Kent, Current: contemporary art from Australia and New Zealand, 'Artists: Refdord, Scott', pg. 268-269, 2006, 268, 269 (colour illus.).
Julie Ewington (Editor), Scott Redford introducing Reinhardt Dammn: in the lounge: live from BrisVegas, 'In the lounge: 'Emailing: Scott Redford/ Julie Ewington, Brisbane, August-September 2010', pg. 23-44, South Brisbane, 2010, In the lounge: 41 (colour illus.), 42, 50 (colour illus.)/ Live from BrisVegas: 39, 40, 63.
Amber Jamieson., Crikey, 'Scott Redford accuses National Gallery of Australia of fakery', Melbourne, 26 Jun 2013, n.pag.. viewed 28.11.2013, http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/06/26/fake-or-remake-national-gallery-in-contemporary-art-tiff/
Unknown, The contents of these paintings is secret, known only to the people of Surfers Paradise: Scott Redford and the Gold Coast, 'Gold Coast style', pg. 19-28, Gold Coast, 2005, 24 (colour illus.), 128, 129 (colour illus.), 157. outtakes from photo shoot for this work