â€˜Marcel Duchampâ€™s World Tour â€“ DC Thomson Reunion at The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool (2016)â€™ follows on from â€˜The Animalsâ€™ Fancy Dress Ballâ€™ and â€˜New Yearâ€™s Eve Paradeâ€™ and forms the final in the trio narrative Marcel Duchamp visiting the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool while on tour of England. Each print is made using a combination of Silkscreen and lithography and is the first time Blake has combined these two mediums. Blake includes the figure of Duchamp in each piece and in the trio of works imagine different and fantastical events that Duchamp attends during his stay in Blackpool and on this occasion he is honoured guest at a reunion of DC Thomson Characters. â€˜I saw The Beano and Dandy as a child in the 1940s and the characters stayed in my memory, especially Lord Snooty and the gang. I thought it would be nice for Marcel Duchamp to meet the characters and all my chums from DC Thomson.â€™ Peter Blake The use of Blackpool Tower Ballroom is an iconic choice for Blake who has often be fascinated by popular leisure activities. The ballroom is full with a magic crowd of much-loved characters including Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, Roger the Dodger, Desperate Dan, Lord Snooty, the Bash Street Kids and many more.
Silk Screen Prints Limited Edition Pop Art Blue Green Music
This piece is from a Limited Edition of 100 and printed on 410gsm Somerset tub sized paper with lithograph collaged elements. This print is signed and numbered by the artist.
Our Lady of the Everything features a four armed mythical female created from wings and stars and patterns. In her front hands, she has a tiny human figure who is at her mercy. Contemporary artist Dan Hillier merges the old with the new to exquisite effect. Trawling through scraps of Victoriana - from wood cuts to etchings, engravings and anatomical drawings - Hillier layers the up pieces from the past in a digital collage process, producing an entirely unique aesthetic that treads the line somewhere between surrealism and neo-Victoriana.
Self-styled â€˜craftivistâ€™ Carrie Reichardtâ€™s work intersects craft and activism, using mural, mosaic and screen-printing to forge a pioneering aesthetic. Inspired by the British tradition of subversive ceramics, her work is characteristically colourful, attuned to the tactile as much as the visual, incorporating text to convey a powerful message. â€˜Mad in England - Brexshit Specialâ€™ depicts the image of a golden, gilt frame, containing a royal-red mosaic pattern, studded with eclectic imagery. Using white tiles for striking constant, Reichardt has created the image of the British crown with the words â€˜Mad in Englandâ€™ positioned underneath. Forget the jingoistic myth of â€˜made in Englandâ€™, Reichardtâ€™s piece seems to say; the only thing that rhetoric has exposed is our own madness in the chaos of â€˜Brexshitâ€™. Here here!
Bonnie and Clyde has mastered the art of mixed media collage, blending photography with fine art until the lines of distinction disappear. Her brightly coloured brushstrokes - often depicting modernist architecture, expanses of sea, and palm-tree lined streets - are reminiscent of early Hockney fine art, given an up-to-date twist with a bricolage technique and photomontage, employed to unrivalled effect. â€˜Ice Cream Plazaâ€™ depicts an elegant vista of Havana, Cuba - but not as you know it. An off-kilter collage of photographs creates a dizzying, almost surreal version of the Cuban city, which the artist has coloured in soft, 1950s ice cream shades and finished with a motif of black and white parlour tiles, in a knowing nod to the capitalâ€™s successful, socialist ice cream industry.
Lauren Baker is a multidisciplinary British artist, whose work explores the fragility and intensity of life. With a focus on energy, Bakerâ€™s work uses neon lights to express positive messages and mantras. Using her own handwriting, Baker skilfully shapes tube lights in an array of fluorescent colours, to shine a light onto our connections to life, love, and happiness. â€˜Midnight Moonâ€™ depicts the words â€˜I Love you to the Moon & Backâ€™, bent into Bakerâ€™s own cursive script, from neon tubes of ice-blue light and typeset into an endless ring of circling text. Set against an inky-black background, the words surround a dazzling disc of white glitter, like the orb of the moon in the void of outer-space. Beautiful and profound, Bakerâ€™s print is a gem of contemporary print making. Please note that this is a print only and does not include lights or neon elements.
Lucy Bryant is a contemporary artist and graphic designer, whose work is influenced by Pop art and the Punk music scene. Responding to contemporary culture, Bryantâ€™s art subverts the everyday and the banal, always striving to disrupt the ordinary and create something entirely new. Her recent series appropriates the classic, antiquated landscape painting: steering away from the iconic work of the masters, Bryant favours the unloved and the unknown, those over-worked pastiches of a Turner or a Constable, that fill the tables of junk shops. Onto these, Bryant has added anachronistic motifs to create a jarring and unexpected end result. â€˜EasyJetâ€™ depicts a painting dated 1837, which details knights returning from battle, trotting towards a Medieval cathedral in a leafy idyll. Overhead, an EasyJet plane glides through the air, carrying holiday-makers to Fairiki, while the gallant horsemen can only dream of sun, sea, and sex on the beach.
Lucy Bryant is a contemporary artist and graphic designer, whose work is influenced by Pop art and the Punk music scene. Responding to contemporary culture, Bryantâ€™s art subverts the everyday and the banal, always striving to disrupt the ordinary and create something entirely new. Her recent series appropriates the classic, antiquated landscape painting: steering away from the iconic work of the masters, Bryant favours the unloved and the unknown, those over-worked pastiches of a Turner or a Constable, that fill the tables of junk shops. Onto these, Bryant has added anachronistic motifs to create a jarring and unexpected end result. â€˜Tesco Localâ€™ depicts a sleepy 1800s village, complete with cobbled paths, cottagesâ€¦oh, and a Tesco Local, a recent addition to solve all of those hard ships of country life like, â€˜weâ€™re almost out of quinoa!â€™ or, â€˜have we bought The Guardian today?â€™.
Meet Tim Doyle, contemporary illustrator, print-maker and king of â€˜nerd-coolâ€™. Drawing inspiration from a life-long love of comic books and video games, Doyle creates prints of inimitable style that incorporate cultural icons - from the music industry to art-house film - into a graphic aesthetic like no other. â€˜Daft Punk - Discovery - Silver Foil Variantâ€™ uses Doyleâ€™s original artwork for the Classic Album Sundays event poster. The image resembles a vintage film poster: think Fritz Langâ€™s Metropolis, with futuristic, sci-fi overtones. The head and shoulders of man in a red shirt sit at the centre of the print, his face removed to reveal machine parts, while eyeless, greyscale faces float around him. In bold tones of cherry-red and inky black, incorporating 1950s graphic designs, the print is visually compelling: an undeniable cult classic in the making.