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printed 1985


Robert Besanko


1951 –

  • Details

    Other Title
    Nanette, back of woman, shadows and moles [descriptive title]
    printed 1985
    Media category
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph on Kodalith paper
    33.1 x 48.5 cm image; 40.4 x 50.4 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l. sheet, ink and u.l. verso, pencil "Robert Besanko 1976". Dated u.r verso, pencil "..1985"

    Purchased 1988
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Robert Besanko

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  • About

    Robert Besanko's essential isolation as an artist has led to the evolution of a personal and poetic vision. One can sense in his fascination with simplified forms and composition a distinct shift away from realism towards something other-worldly - an effect accentuated by the subtle textural quality of the now obsolete Kodalith paper he used in the printing process.

    Besanko's highly-aestheticised images of women are typical of his work from the 1970-80s. While they are sensual and sensitive studies, a strange and intentional spatial ambiguity implicates the viewer within the photographic act. The artist has suggested in an interview that:

    'you are aware of what the image can become when you look at the subject. The signature is the lyrical line - the otherness - and the intimacy. I strive for the essence… but more as well. The eroticism is the humanity, if you do not deny it.' (The Age, 2 August 1988)

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by Robert Besanko

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