Judo house part 4: Golden mud
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' . 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
oil on linen
155.0 x 155.0 x 5.5 cm stretcher
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Anonymous gift 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Nigel Milsom
Shown in 1 exhibition
Nigel Milsom: Judo house part 4: Golden mud, Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Surry Hills, 20 Oct 2011–19 Nov 2011