Decalcomania and idiots…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured fruit is the glum plum.

PB200001Yes, a few years ago those deadbeats, the surviving members from the glory days of the Hull Surrealist League, thought it would be a really great idea to have some HSL t-shirts printed up and asked me to design something for them. I decided that one of my decalcomania prints might be an appropriate and striking image, and I came up with this design.
By the way, if you are not familiar with the term, decalcomania is a form of loose ‘slap it about’ print making which relies heavily on serendipity and randomness in its execution; it was quite popular with the original surrealists back in the early C 20th. If you’d like to know more about how I do my version of decalcomania printing you could have a look at a post of mine on the subject. (Link)
Of course the members of the HSL, being disorganised buggers, were too busy squabbling amongst themselves to actually get round to having any t-shirts printed… and of course I never received any thanks for doing the design…
Still, here it is, now having some sort of life here on the internet – stylish and cute, isn’t he?…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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