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I’ve been painting these ‘Unpopular Penguins’ for over 3 years now (this is number 351), and I’ve been wanting to make some of them more abstract, less dependent on the original design of the Penguin paperback book covers. This particular painting is on timber – thick marine ply. I began with silkscreen prints on paper, of jumbled letters and shapes, which I glued to the timber and then sealed. I then painted layers of paint, in various thickness and transparency over the top, to build up interesting layers. I’m a big fan of 20th century American painter Robert Rauschenberg, and his combination of paint and printing was an influence here.

I like to use the original books as a starting point, but to try different colours, textures, shapes, levels of distortion and abstraction, and so forth. See how far I can push them in various directions.

The paintings in this series are held in collections around the world, and have been in various art prizes and prominent Australian galleries. Edmund Capon, former director of the Art Gallery of NSW, said of the first painting in the series, ‘an evocative imagining of the familiar Penguin Paperback…it was a painting we all liked very much for its rich texture, its sense of memory and its sort of nostalgic humour’

This painting is on thick, heavy marine ply, with painted sides, and it is ready to hang without needing framing.

For lovers of art, books, and classic design.

Unpopular Penguin 351

Ben Tankard

AUD$1,300
Size: 81w x 122h x 3d cms
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I’ve been painting these ‘Unpopular Penguins’ for over 3 years now (this is number 351), and I’ve been wanting to make some of them more abstract, less dependent on the original design of the Penguin paperback book covers. This particular painting is on timber – thick marine ply. I began with silkscreen prints on paper, of jumbled letters and shapes, which I glued to the timber and then sealed. I then painted layers of paint, in various thickness and transparency over the top, to build up interesting layers. I’m a big fan of 20th century American painter Robert Rauschenberg, and his combination of paint and printing was an influence here.

I like to use the original books as a starting point, but to try different colours, textures, shapes, levels of distortion and abstraction, and so forth. See how far I can push them in various directions.

The paintings in this series are held in collections around the world, and have been in various art prizes and prominent Australian galleries. Edmund Capon, former director of the Art Gallery of NSW, said of the first painting in the series, ‘an evocative imagining of the familiar Penguin Paperback…it was a painting we all liked very much for its rich texture, its sense of memory and its sort of nostalgic humour’

This painting is on thick, heavy marine ply, with painted sides, and it is ready to hang without needing framing.

For lovers of art, books, and classic design.

Free Shipping Australia Wide