Friendship’s road, Gareth Sansom
  • Artist
    Gareth Sansom
  • Born
    1939
  • Title
    Friendship’s road
  • Date of Production
    1984
  • Medium
    oil, acrylic and enamel paint, collage on four hardboard panels
  • Dimensions
    255.6 x 377.6 cm (total size)
  • Credit Details
    Hugh Williamson Prize, 1984

Gareth Sansom

Friendship’s road

Four large panels make up this painting which is described by the artist as "a strange mélange of my life…being friendly to people and trying to maintain friendships with grace and charm". Influenced by Pop expressionism Sansom has used photomontage combined with figurative and abstract painting in this largely biographical work. Vibrant colours, many of which are further enhanced by the use of black outline or decoration, are used along with photographs of the artist, and a list of streets in which he has lived. A small wooden plaque purchased from a tourist shop in Swanston Street, Melbourne, and located in the bottom right hand corner, features the poem Friendship's Road upon which this painting is based.