Jan Nigro

Summer Encounter

Summer Encounter by Jan Nigro
Summer Encounter by Jan Nigro

Artwork Detail

Summer Encounter 1972-73 plays with the then current tensions between abstraction and figuration by portraying a feminised male as if he is a ‘peeping tom’. This articulation of a feminist perspective on men as ‘girly boys’ comically positions the viewer as having a female gaze. The fact that it is not immediately clear what gender the figure in the painting is makes the tension between who looks and who is being looked at even more charming.

Summer Encounter
Production date
oil on canvas
370 x 595 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Jan Nigro, 2009
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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