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Title

Judo house part 4: Golden mud

2011


Artist

Nigel Milsom

Australia

1975 -


About

Nigel Milsom is an Archibald and Sulman Prize winning painter currently based in Newcastle, NSW. This work belongs to Milson's 'Golden mud' series of racetrack themed paintings from 2011. They were inspired by Milsom's fascination with Australia's gambling culture, which he encountered first-hand while living near Wentworth Park racetrack in Sydney in the early 2010s. He explained: 'My original interest was in the desperation that people would go to change their lot in life. Gambling is a huge part of Australia's lifestyle' [1]. Here, Milsom has pictured a trio of ferocious looking greyhounds emerging out of darkness, their sinewy physiques and snarling expressions modelled by deft brushstrokes of grey and white paint tinted with blue, purple, yellow and brown tones. While painting these works, Milsom was also reading Herman Hesse's book 'Steppenwolf' (1927), suggesting man's beastly nature was an underlying theme in his depiction of greyhounds.

1. Andrew Frost, 'Career on track' in SMH, 15 Oct 2011


Details


Date

2011


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on linen


Dimensions

155.0 x 155.0 x 5.5 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Anonymous gift 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

562.2018


Artist information

Nigel Milsom

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history