- CITY OF SAILS -
I’d always been drawn to old fashioned launch’s in a mortified sort of way, that it looked like someone had taken a james bond boat of the 70s and crossed it with a passenger ferry. As it turns out, my grandfather used to build the first launches in Auckland. So it was settled then, a retro launch it was. The decorative mast isn’t a symbol of religion, but could be perceived as the results of European colonization, the subsequent efforts of missionaries converting everyone to Christianity. the Muri Paraoa (Whale Tail) within the boarder is a significant symbol - a good luck charm providing safe passage over water.
It’s not only women that are blatantly heralded for their physical form, after all. Throughout history famous and anonymous men, the type you might check out on cover of ‘Strength’ magazine — from Jack Lalanne of the 1940s to Arnold Schwarzenegger of the 70s - have been popularly depicted with oiled-up muscles, brawn-strutting pin-up poses in some miscellaneous activity that involves flexing and stretching. It’s cheesy. It’s shameless and I say, behold this vintage eye candy if you so fancy.
A3 :: 20 x 14" // Limited Edition :: 100
A2 :: 26 x 18" // Limited Edition :: 50
A1 :: 37 x 25" // Limited Edition :: 25
A0 :: 50 x 37" // Limited Edition :: 10
Fine Art reproductions are made by taking 4-6 photographs of my originals and stitching them together. This way there’s more information to create a crisp print at the same size as the original painting. Then they’re printed and colour matched, a process called proofing which can take several frustrating hours before the first usable copies finally roll out ‘hot off the press’ using lightfast inks on archival 310g Hahnemühle paper, which is not actually paper, it’s ripped up cotton rags. Hahnemühle is the brand of paper - an excellent paper mill that started in 1584 Germany.
AN INTERESTING FACT: During the Second World War, the company created paper for the SS-Reichssicherheitshauptamt's efforts to produce counterfeit British banknotes as part of Operation Bernhard.
Each Limited Edition print is embossed, hand signed and numbered by me the artist. Remember paper prints that are framed will see it's lifetime double that of one left in it's tube under your bed.