An image of Family

Gareth Sansom

(Australia 1939 – )

Family

Location
Not on display
Further information

In this work Gareth Sansom used a mix of approaches from stylised quasi-pop abstraction to photographs and ‘doodle’-style figuration. Images of a bra-clad guitarist (upside down) and members of his family, are mingled with symbols of personal significance – daggers, crosses, a wigwam-like structure, red and white ‘brickwork’ – exploring personal identity through what the artist has termed ‘a stream of consciousness’ approach to drawing’.

As a radical technique, collage was ideal for Sansom who used it as one of an array of disruptive ‘tactics’ to challenge aesthetic conventions and find new ground in art. Here he disrupted the illusory surface of the painting through the flattening effect of each photograph, whilst also interfering with the purity of materials conventional to painting or drawing, through introduction of these elements of ‘reality’.

Year
1981
Media
Collage, Drawing
Medium
fibre-tipped pen, synthetic polymer paint, photographs on paper on hardboard
Dimensions
57.0 x 76.8 cm card; 59.0 x 79.0 x 2.8 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. verso, black fibre-tipped pen "Sansom 1981".

Credit
Purchased 1982
Accession number
257.1982
Copyright
© Gareth Sansom. Licensed by Copyright Agency