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Just the side of an old, rusting railway carriage. Or so I thought as I walked past. I stopped because I felt sure I'd seen something 'staring out at me', and went back to look.

Sure enough, there was a recognisable face, not constructed or carved, but formed from the passage of time, wind, rain and rust. A woman's face, and somehow a woman of some substance or social standing, and somehow all the more noble and important for having been 'remembered' in this way by the wind and the elements.

This artwork has been created as a limited edition of just 8 plus an artist's proof.

It is printed on brushed aluminium, with an aluminium subframe on the back, and sealed with a thin acrylic layer on the front in order to preserve the colours and texture, and making the artwork fade-proof and easy to clean. It is remarkably light-weight and also very easy to hang, and stands a couple of centimetres away from the wall.

This artwork would benefit from being placed near natural daylight, or being illuminated by artificial light. The unique reflective quality of the underlying metal saturates the colours and creates an incredible 'bounceback' of colour and texture, which create almost a 3D effect when seen with the benefit of light.

Materials used:

Aluminium base and subframe with an acrylic seal on top

Madame Metallique (2010)


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John Drennan

United Kingdom

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