Junior's brush with Vorticism

Gareth Sansom2007

National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne, Australia

Like all of Sansom’s paintings, this work explores the intentionally unresolved nature of his practice whereby the painting seems to have become unhinged. Viewers are confronted and confounded by the struggle between parts and wholes, the language of abstraction and Sansom’s own highly personalized language of communication. This vorticist explosion emanates from a dream-like scene featuring a gnarled tree, a skeleton figure and presumably Junior, connected to this scene by an umbilicus. Junior, who we can presume is a boy, seems to wear a tutu-like ballet costume.

Text © National Gallery of Victoria, Australia


  • Title: Junior's brush with Vorticism
  • Creator: Gareth Sansom
  • Creator Lifespan: 19 November 1939
  • Creator Nationality: Australian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Birth Place: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Date Created: 2007
  • Location Created: Melbourne, Australia
  • Physical Dimensions: 152.6 x 213.4 cm (Unframed)
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Presented by NGV Members as the winner of The John McCaughey Memorial Prize, 2008, =A9 National Gallery of Victoria
  • External Link: National Gallery of Victoria
  • Medium: oil and enamel paint on canvas
  • Place Part Of: Australia

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