Decalcomania adopts human form…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one that has just flopped down onto the brand new £2,000 black leather Chesterfield and snapped it in two.

Oh, it’s such a drab grey February morning here in Dulltown!
What we need is some high contrast crisp black and white imagery to cheer us up – how about one of my decalcomania monoprints? Some people call them ‘monotypes’ rather than ‘monoprints’ you know…

Decalcomania monoprint. 2010.
Acrylic paint and pencil on drawing paper, about 16″ x 12″.

As you see this one has taken human form, I suppose you could call it a ‘figurative’ work, if you are the sort of person who enjoys saying things like that. Most of these prints I do are abstract, some with the touch of perspective in them – just to add a bit of depth to the proceedings. This one is definitely a human figure though. Is it, as a result, a bit ‘cheap’ and ‘obvious’, and even a bit ‘naff‘ looking?
However, it does have that carefree sloppiness that is so much a part of decalcomania, don’t you think? Observe those mad squiggles down his torso and legs; I think this is a ‘he’ don’t you? Look at that very cocky stance – I think he might be saying, ‘Whaaa! Look at me!… Do you like sports? I’m sure I could beat you at any sport that you might mention… You sucker!… You pantywaist!…’ (For ‘pantywaist’, that very peculiar US expression, my spellchecker just butted in and suggested at first ‘waste paper’ and then ‘pantheist’. Ho ho!…)

Anyway, there he is, posing like a drunken swaggering pirate doing a bit of street singing at 2 am.
By the way if you’d like a bit of information on how I do my version of decalcomania printing you could look at an earlier blog post on the subject, where I encourage you to have a try at it yourself dear reader. Click.

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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16 Responses to Decalcomania adopts human form…

  1. Oh I do like a drunken swaggering pirate! Well, only to watch…..not to drunkenly swagger *with* necessarily. 🙂

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    This print is wonderful. I like all of the little specs and twiggy like shapes around the solid black.

  3. Dana Doran says:

    Ooooh! How very Ernst of you!

  4. Jheron Bash says:

    He looks like I feel most mornings ….

  5. Jheron Bash says:

    scibbleartie – you forgot to mention Buckie!

  6. Like this guy. He knows who he is.

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