HISTORY OF TASMANIAN FOOTBALL

Despard Gallery, group show

1928 Cygnet 201934 x 30 x 31 cm fabric acrylic paint and Tasmanian oak $3,900.00

MATHEW SIMMS | GRACE GARTON | MARCUS TATTON
25 SEPTEMBER - 20 OCTOBER 2019

Despard Gallery is proud to present a diverse trio of artists in the group exhibition, Mathew Marcus and Grace. Through a playful and theatrical aesthetic, each artist explores narratives that connect them with place and culture. This includes drawing from traditional techniques, uniquely applied through wood, paint and mixed media.

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Grass Roots Football, Tasmania – 1817 – 1973

The Grassroots Footballer is a series of art dolls made from fabric that has been machine and hand stitched, painted and distressed, arms and legs manipulated into place and fitted onto stands and seats. The idea grew out of conversations with friends passionate about their football and their concerns about the loss of community based football and the current controversial conversations about Tasmania having their own team in the AFL.

My research led me to vintage photographs of Tasmanian football teams from 1850 to 1973. The ruddy faces of the men appear haunted and strange, their stance and clothing contrast sharply against the romantic stage sets, heavy tapastried curtains, trompe l’oeil archways, columns and parlour palms.The mood has an almost fairytale feel which appeals to my European heritage.

With help from Tasmanian football historian Damien Dillon, I was able to piece together the team colours, names and associations. I love the tactile nature of working with fabric. Once sewn and stuffed I have everything that a painter has but I can also sculpt the parts and create an environment for them to inhabit. Doll making has a rich history often associated with childhood and nostalgia, something I am deeply interested in and from which I can source inspiration.

1973 Spreyton 2019

23 x 18 x 22 cm

fabric acrylic paint and Tasmanian oak

SOLD

1912Oatlands 2019 fabric, acrylic paint, Tasmanian oak base
SOLD

1912 Tasmanian Representative Team 2019

29 x 9 x 26 cM

fabric acrylic paint and Tasmanian oak and recycled timber base

SOLD

1929 Southern League Team 2019

23.5 x 22 x 28 cm

fabric acrylic paint and Tasmanian oak

SOLD

1964 Franklin Underage Premiership 2019

26 x 18 x 21 cm

fabric acrylic paint and Tasmanian oak

$395.00

1950 Seagulls Sandy Bay 2019

30 x 34 x 10 cm

fabric acrylic paint and Tasmanian oak

$875.00

1912 Oatlands 2019

29 x 9 cm

fabric and acrylic paint

SOLD

The Mark 2019

29 x 9 x 26 cm

fabric acrylic paint and Tasmanian oak base

SOLD

1817 Tasmanian Intercolonial 2019

30 x 8 cm

fabric and acrylic paint

SOLD

911 Cananore 2019

31.5 x 44 x 21 cm

fabric acrylic paint and Tasmanian oak base

SOLD