Decalcomania revisited…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s interesting china teapot is the one shaped like a kettle, these usually come paired with a kettle shaped like a china teapot.
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Whoa! He looks a bit ancient Greek doesn’t he?
Ah, another of my decalcomania monotypes or monoprints; as you can see this one was done seven years ago; it is about 16″ x 12″ on white drawing paper using black acrylic paint with added pencil shading later after the ink has dried. If you would like some information on my method of doing this odd form of fine art printing you could see an earlier post on the subject – lots of people have looked at it! (click here) Perhaps now there are people all over the world turning out things like this!…
With my version of decalcomania I usually stick to trying to produce abstract images, or ones with a sort of ‘perspective’ element in them – these usually look like odd intricate objects and blobs set in a white ‘landscape’. But this isn’t one of those dear reader – yes, it’s a face…

I think if you are an artist, and you fancy doing faces, it’s a good idea to copy a real face, or even a picture of a real face; they are always more interesting than ‘made up’ ones. I knew someone many years ago who liked painting and drawing and the majority of the things he produced depicted faces. But not portraits or real people – they were all made up faces with staring eyes and small mouths using bright colours. For me they looked like a child had done them and they were definitely lacking something. They lacked expression, character, and humanity. I believe that all these years on he is still doing them… Perhaps people like them, find them comforting in some way, and even buy them?…
Anyway, this one of mine that you see above, does, I’m afraid, fall into that category too – that’s why I haven’t done many prints like this. I do think it is ‘alright’ though, the hand of serendipity in the printing process has lifted it a bit, and even though it’s lacking that something that says ‘real person’, the twiddly bits and splashes catch the eye and do make it worth looking at, at least for a moment.
Yes, he does look a bit ancient Greek doesn’t he? Like a marble head or perhaps a theatre mask freshly pulled up dripping from the bottom of the Aegean. He looks like he’s glancing sideways and smiling slightly too – I like that – it’s purely a random effect of the paint splashes though…

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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2 Responses to Decalcomania revisited…

  1. honeypears says:

    I agree about made-up faces, and indeed made-up most things. As Robert Crumb once said in a slightly different context (about filling sketchbooks with visual research of boring stuff like traffic lights, overhead lines etc), ‘you can’t make that shit up’. I like the tiny root and seeding-like structure at the bottom left!

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