Grant Lingard

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1961, d.1995

Smells Like Team Spirit II

  • Presented to the Gallery by the Estates of Grant Lingard and Peter Lanini, 1998
  • Plastic bucket and cardboard
  • 180 x 400mm
  • 99/41.1-9
  • 1993

This is one of a group of works Grant Lingard created for an exhibition called ‘Smells Like Team Spirit’, which investigated two seemingly incongruous themes – rugby and gay culture. All made playful but poignant comments on the reality of growing up different in a macho and sports-obsessed society.

Lingard often took objects away from their everyday function and reassigned them to a new context, as a work of art. In this way, his works encourage us to see things from a new perspective. Lingard was one of few New Zealand artists to assert his homosexuality through his art.

Lingard was born in Blackball, on the West Coast of the South Island. He studied at the University of Canterbury, graduating in 1984, and moved to Sydney in 1989. Lingard participated in solo and group exhibitions in both New Zealand and Australia until his death in Sydney.