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Divide (Self portrait), 2011

Sam Jinks

mixed media (overall (irregular): 86.0 cm x 60.0 cm depth 66.0 cm, mount: 37.5 cm x 27.5 cm depth 38.0 cm)

Sam Jinks developed a talent for drawing and constructing his ideas alongside his father, a Melbourne cabinetmaker. Jinks worked as an illustrator before turning to sculpture. He worked in film and television special effects before becoming a fabricator for artist Patricia Piccinini. For the last ten years he has sculpted independently, working in silicone, fiberglass, resin and hair – human, animal and synthetic. His work was shown at Art Stage Singapore, and in Personal Structures (2013), a collateral event of the 55th Venice Biennale. Jinks’s work is held in Australian and international public collections including Kiran Nader Museum of Art, Dehli, India and the Museo Escultura Figurativa Internacional Contemporaenea (MEFIC), Portugal, RMIT and McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park. When Jinks’s first solo exhibition Body in Time toured to regional venues in 2012, the people of Shepparton raised funds to purchase the sculpture Woman and Child for the Shepparton Art Museum. Jinks’s work has recently been displayed at the Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection in Frankfurt, Germany and Hanover, Germany. His Standing Pietà (2014) was shown at Art Basel, Hong Kong and Marc Straus in New York. In late 2015, Jinks’s work toured to the Daejeong Museum, South Korea.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Accession number: 2015.1

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Sam Jinks (age 38 in 2011)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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1. Maquette for 'Divide', 2011. All Sam Jinks.
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The National Portrait Gallery of Australia (NPGA) acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.