Decalcomania monoprint. 2010…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s novelty pencil sharpener is the one shaped like the Taj Mahal – it looks very good sitting on the window sill lit by the glow of the evening sun.

Decalcomania monoprint (2010) – black acrylic paint with pencil shading on paper, about 16″ x 12″.

Gosh, this was done eight years ago! Doesn’t time fugit? I suppose I should really do some more of these – I’m sure they’d be different now – art is like that isn’t it? It is always ‘of its time’.
Decalcomania was a form of fine art printing from the time of the original Surrealists back in the early 20th c. The images formed rely a great deal on chance and serendipity – they are always a surprise when they are revealed – sometimes your eyes pop out in amazement, and sometimes you take a quick look and then rip the thing up and chuck it away. A while ago I did a post on how I do my version of decalcomania – you could have a read of it and perhaps try doing some of these prints yourself dear reader – it’s enjoyably messy, but great fun! Why not click here?
My prints are usually abstract in nature, but as you see from the one above I would  occasionally do one or two featuring a loosely thrown together human figure.

He, (I think it’s a ‘he’ don’t you?) looks like he’s just been taken aback – what a funny phrase that is!  He is probably saying something like, ‘No, no, you can’t be serious!’ or even, ‘You can’t be Sirius!’ if he happens to be looking up at the starry night sky. But you can’t really see which way he’s looking – what with that shiny blob head of his! Gosh, I’m rambling away here aren’t I?
Is he a cowboy gunslinger – Go on Mister – if you are man enough, just reach for it!… or maybe a scary lumbering Manga monster with a name something like Michio Kaku? Or perhaps he’s a burly, but rather camp chap, a bank clerk in the daytime, who’s just got spruced up, and has slipped into his best party outfit – you know, that nice bright one with the bouncing  pom-poms on the shoulders! Super!… Now, where’s the cocktail bar? Just point me at it!…

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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6 Responses to Decalcomania monoprint. 2010…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    I love this character and especially the pom-poms. And, the negative space adds intrigue as well. Well done, Dave!!!

  2. I think that’s a ribbon flung casually over the head and down the body (also with the pom poms, like Sharon said)….probably the vestiges of a late night party, and the poor soul is wandering home in the early hours of the morning, with a very sore head! 🙂 Very nicely done though, I do like it.

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