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Judo house part 4: Golden mud



Nigel Milsom


1975 –

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  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    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
    Accession number
    © Nigel Milsom
    Artist information
    Nigel Milsom

    Works in the collection


  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Ingrid Periz, eyeline 76, 'Nigel Milsom: Judo house (Golden mud)', pg. 79, Brisbane, Autumn 2014, 79.

Other works by Nigel Milsom

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