Robert Besanko

(Australia 1951 – )

Untitled (seated woman in skirt)

Location
Not on display
Further information

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 essenceā€¦ but more as well. The eroticism is the humanity, if you do not deny it.' (The Age, 2 August 1988)

Year
1976
Media
Photograph
Medium
gelatin silver photograph on Kodalith paper
Dimensions
21.3 x 31.8 cm image; 28.1 x 35.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1979
Accession number
328.1979
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