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Cubist Work

Much of my work on the projects shown on this website has been completed in one continuous time frame. These cubist inspired works are just the opposite; they have been made over the last 20 years. The starting point for the series was a teaching project to introduce our youngest secondary pupils to the work of Pablo Picasso, with a specific focus on his still life work. I had been fortunate to visit an exhibition of his still life work in Paris in 1992 and the catalogue was the source of much pleasure and information.

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I started with a drawn analysis of some of Picasso’s still lives from his very early cubist period 1908 – 1909, where he uses the subtle tippings of tabletops and a variety of viewpoints. The subject matter often seemed to be items gathered from around his studio – which is what I decided to do, when I began my own drawings. Many of my objects were wooden, the pear and grapes, and the plant was made out of plastic and fabric.

A small series of drawings were made on February 16th 1993, (dated just like Picasso used to do). These provided the basis for at least the nine prints shown here.

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The pupils developed their drawings into a card relief print, similar to the one shown here. Subsequently, I used the larger tonal drawing to experiment with versions using screen printing (Polite Cubist, Green Pears), intaglio (Pear & Pot) and more recently, upon the receipt of a gift of lino cutters - Lino (Pear & Things).

The accompanying video shows the recent editioning of ‘Pear and Things’ and the reprinting of some of the earlier intaglio work on Mr. Kinley’s Press. Thank you Sorrell.

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Cubist Crimes 2018

 

Screen-print in 3 colours on Somerset Tub sized 310gsm mould-made paper Edition of 20.

 

I was sorting through my Xmas card design material when the key positive for this print fell out of an envelope. I wondered why I hadn’t printed it over 25 years ago when I was first working on this image. I then began to muse on the appropriation of images, as I ‘stole’ the pot in the print from Picasso. But then Picasso stole the sculpture that gave him the facial image in part of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon!

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