The bathers

Mark TANSEY: artist

On Display

About the work

Mark Tansey uses irony and surreal combinations of places and historical figures to make uncanny connections between ideas and events. His paintings typify the complexity of our age, when certainty seems elusive. The monochromatic universe in The bathers encourages artistic, philosophical, and social questions of representation to assert themselves. In many ways Tansey's paintings provide a toolbox to assess the media saturated images of everyday human experience, enabling viewers to see the world differently.

In The bathers Tansey's has pushed perspectival devices to the limit, as he commented on this work in 1989 "My hope was that up to a point the picture would provide a 'seemingly seamless' representation. But beyond that point all scrutiny would progressively uncover internal rifts, fizzures and contradictions".
The bathers
Artist/Maker and role
Mark TANSEY: artist
oil on canvas
172.7 x 289.3 cm (sight)
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Purchased 1989
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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