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Gareth Sansom In Conversation

Mon 18 Sep 17, 6.30pm
NGV Australia, Federation Square
Exhibition space
Ground Level

A pre-eminent figure in Australian art, Gareth Sansom’s paintings and drawings present a range of ideas and techniques with references to popular culture, religion, art history, literature, cinema, and experiences of the every day.

Hear the artist reflect on the works on display in this exhibition as he speaks in conversation with acclaimed art critic Sebastian Smee.

Includes exhibition viewing from 7.30pm – 8.30pm.


Gareth Sansom is one of Australia’s most highly regarded painters. Born in Melbourne in 1939, Gareth Sansom studied art at RMIT between 1959 and 1964 and came to prominence in the 1960s as a radical convention-breaking painter, with influences ranging from Picasso and Jean Dubuffet to Francis Bacon and British pop art. He was Head of Painting, then Dean of the School of Art, at the Victorian College of the Arts between 1977 and 1991 before retiring to concentrate solely on his art practice. His paintings, collages and watercolours are based on a personal iconography that includes imagery of a sexual, satirical and philosophical nature.

Sebastian Smee is the author of The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art and the art critic for the Boston Globe. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2011. He has written five books on Lucian Freud and one on Mark Bradford, and has been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph (UK), The Guardian, Prospect, The Spectator, The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. He teaches non-fiction writing at Wellesley College.