Look out, here comes some decalcomania!…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s confused film stars are: Fane Jonda and Frorgan Meeman.

Decalcomania monoprint. 2010. Black acrylic paint with added pencil ‘shading’, on white drawing paper about 16″ x 12″.

Gosh! this is a pretty one isn’t it dear reader?
If you are new to the word ‘decalcomania’ and are wondering what it could be, how about a glance at an earlier post of mine which explains how I do my version of this fine art printing technique – it also explains how you could try some of this enjoyable, sticky, and messy business yourself. (Click here!)

I suppose now you’d like me to say something about this one.
Well folks, for a start, you can relax – it is definitely abstract! When you see a piece of art that is obviously abstract you should not be afraid – Oh shit! What the hell is this? Oh god, I’m going to embarrass myself again – just like I did when I sat down for a minute on Tracey Emin’s bed at that bloody Turner Prize thing back in 1999!…
No, no, it’s alright, nobody knows what abstract things are – but everyone likes to pontificate about them – just go ahead say what you like, or don’t say anything, just look pensive and stroke your beard if you have one, or if you haven’t, just stroke your imaginary beard.
Is it an upright piano with a fancy throw over it? A nice piece of rich dark chocolate cake? The bow of the Titanic sitting comfortably on the sea bed? A piece of soft smelly French cheese with a crunchy crust on the top? Perhaps you feel the urge to reach out and poke it with an exploratory finger?…
If this object was a real thing, how big do you think it might be? Me, I’d want it to be about two metres tall, so that when you stand next to it it overpowers you. Oh, and I think it would definitely smell a bit funny too…
This is a nice print isn’t 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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11 Responses to Look out, here comes some decalcomania!…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    Well, it first struck me as a trainer shoe that had been overcome by a rampant fungus.
    I believe you can put trainers in the washing machine to prevent this happening.

  2. It’s wonderful, whatever it is!

  3. memadtwo says:

    It does have a food-like aura. Definitely dessert. (K)

  4. It is a torso of a woman wearing a strapless bikini top with landscape tattoos all over her.

    Ok. Laughs over. More seriously I think this abstract is one of your best prints. It’s elegant.

  5. Sharon Mann says:

    This is one of my favorites, the patterns thrill me!

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