Friday, 25 March 2011

The Visitants - Barnaby Purdy

Barnaby lives by the sea with some cats. He draws a lot and doesn't get out a much as he needs. But pencils are his friends, they hang out lots and go on big adventures together.

The show at Here and now is all new work and not been seen before. It is entitled "Just passing through" and is the first part of an ongoing project called "The Visitants". "Just passing through" features a series of robot visitors to earth, good and evil.

Each piece is a lino print that has been cut specifically for the background images which have come from a set of encyclopaedias form 1972, and printed on to the original page. Once dried, they are drawn again in graphite on top of the print. Due to the vintage images used there is only one chance to get it right meaning each is unique and a one off.
"The encyclopaedias used are a set that my grandparents had that I used to pour through in wonder at the age of 5, I recently rediscovered some of these books in a charity shop. The pictures within them now had an added power of nostalgia, and I knew I had to do something with them and share their forgotten beauty, and giant robots were the obvious theme to help achieve this". will be up and running in a couple of days, but only as a one page promo until the show opens and all images will be viewable. - portfolio site

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