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Family Trust

Known as a bad boy of the Melbourne art scene in the 1970s and 80s, Gareth Sansom’s painting has always been styled as a provocation to middle-class taste. His painting is expressionistic, replete with iconoclastic and sexually explicit imagery. Motifs from popular culture are interspersed with distorted figures and combined into a personal mythology: the canvases teem with manic energy, punk references and rebellious humour.

Sansom has been a prolific artist staging over 40 solo exhibitions both in Australia and internationally. His work is held in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; Museum of Contemporary Art, Loti and Victor Smorgon Collection of Contemporary Art, Sydney; BHP Billiton, Melbourne; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 2005 he was the subject of a major retrospective at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, titled ‘Welcome to My Mind: Gareth Sansom, a Study of Selected Works 1964–2005’, and in 2008 he was awarded the prestigious John McCaughey Memorial Prize from the National Gallery of Victoria.

Family trust is an image brimming with contorted, spewing faces with disembodied eyes, all writhing in a patchworked pattern. The image is claustrophobic, packed with energy and agitated movement, and layered motifs jostling for attention.

Unlike most other artists commissioned by theWorkshop, Sansom did not desire active collaborationover the development of his tapestry. Once the designwas finalised, he sought no further involvement in thetapestry’s evolution. However, after its completion heconfessed that his curiosity had been so piqued thatwhile the work was in progress he prowled around theWorkshop at night, attempting to catch glimpses of thetapestry on the loom.

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