It's a wonder this picture has got this far. It was originally painted on a piece of 48" x 36" hardboard, but before starting it I roughened the surface with industrial glass paper and lacerated it with knives and sharp stones. (I dislike perfection, in case you wonder.) Then I covered the board with black paint, outlined two walking figures in white, and dodged in some colour here and there - red, yellow, green and gold. However, I then decided that the image was too simple, too naïve, and cast the thing aside. Years went by. I moved house several times. But recently the picture fell out of a stack of similarly-sized paintings that had somehow survived all those moves, and I found that I no longer disliked it but thought it could stand a spot more abuse. So I once again set about it, until it was deeply and haphazardly scarred. Then I varnished it to highlight the mistreatment as much as the white outlines of the figures. Then I REALLY liked it. But there were a couple of things I still wanted to do. Things that could only be achieved digitally.
I might have offered the digitised ‘PITY ABOUT EARTH #6’ in limited edition print form, but it really needs to be seen the size of the original painting. So here it is, on canvas. One copy only. I call it a painting in spite of the digitisation of it because I’m adding extra paint and ink marks to the printed canvas to make it as exclusive as an original painting. The canvas is supplied loose, rolled in a tube, with a three inch border all round for the purchaser to mount it on a wooden frame if he or she wishes. The reason I’m selling it this way is because if mounted it would need to be packed into a specially-made wooden crate, which would inflate the price more than I like. It would be an easy matter for the buyer to have the canvas mounted. Or they might prefer to frame it under glass - or even hang it as it is, much as a tapestry might be hung.
Of course, it could be that the one person in the world who would really love this work might never stumble across it. The odds are steep, after all. Big world, small tucked away online shop. But that’s life, as they say - whoever ‘they’ are.
PS. The original, non-digitised painting, as shown in the picture of me holding it in my overgrown studio grounds, is also for sale: $5,000 (US), framed. If interested, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paint, charcoal, chalk, hair spray, varnish, ink