Through works engaging with pop culture, art history, Australian vernacular, religion, mortality, sex and gender, Gareth Sansom has become one of Australia’s most highly regarded painters. What are his own reflections on his sixty year career, and what does he see when he revisits his works on display?
In an artist led tour, Sansom reflects on his sixty year career and what he sees when he revisits his works on display in conversation with exhibition curator Simon Maidment.
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, Victorian College of the Arts between 1977 and 1991 before retiring to concentrate solely on his art practice.
Simon Maidment is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the NGV, and exhibition curator of Gareth Sansom: Transformer. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. His research uses curatorial practice as a method to investigate art’s potential to influence social and political change.