An image of Judo house part 6 (the white bird)

Nigel Milsom

(Australia 1975 – )

Judo house part 6 (the white bird)

Not on display
Further information

Nigel Milsom's 'Judo house part 6 (the white bird)' 2014-15 is a homage to the Italian Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini's altar sculpture 'Ecstasy of Saint Teresa' 1647–1652, a detail of which he encountered in print. Bernini's fervent work depicts the nun being repeatedly stabbed through the heart by an angel during a violent but blissful spiritual visualisation. Milsom was attracted to the formal qualities of the reproduction but also Bernini's representation of formal and thematic dichotomies (pleasure and pain; corporeal and spiritual; light and shadow), perhaps because contrasts have similarly framed Milsom's life and work to date (figuration and abstraction; light and dark; success and tragedy). Curator Rachel Kent agrees, suggestsing that the work reflects an 'acute sense of recognition…between the two opposing figures, or life forces, and the overwhelming emotions depicted [1].

1. Rachel Kent, 'Nigel Milsom: surface tension' in Art Monthly, June 2015, no 280, p 41

oil on linen
230.2 x 194.0 cm stretcher
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2015, with the generous assistance of Alenka Tindale, Peter Braithwaite, Anon, Chrissie & Richard Banks, Susan Hipgrave & Edward Waring, Abbey & Andrew McKinnon
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© Nigel Milsom