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Still from 'Silvia paints Pat #2'



Pat Larter

England, Australia

08 Jul 1936 – 06 Oct 1996

Silvia Jansons

1950 –

Richard Larter

England, Australia

19 May 1929 – 25 Jul 2014

  • Details

    Media categories
    Photograph , Performance
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    14.0 x 9.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    National Art Archive. Gift of Richard Larter 1999
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Pat Larter © Richard Larter. Copyright Agency © Silvia Jansons

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  • About

    Silvia Jansons painted Pat Larter’s body in two separate sessions during 1978. These two performances are known as ‘Silvia paints Pat #1’ and ‘Silvia paints Pat #2 (again!)’. Both sessions were originally filmed on Super8 film, without sound. The first body painting performance was done on 2 September. At the start of it, Pat Larter held up a story board with the inscription: ‘Pat and Richard Larter with Silvia Jansons/Armidale 1978’. Pat Larter’s body was painted with two different designs during ‘Silvia paints Pat #1’ and ‘Silvia paints Pat #2’. The first design in this second performance was based on a web with an open mouth in the middle of Pat’s body. The second design was chequered. Both films were shown in a retrospective of Pat and Dick Larter videotapes and films at the Sculpture Centre, Sydney, as part of the 1979 Biennale Alternatives.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Pat Larter, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Nov 2020–21 Mar 2021

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