Artist's description:

From 20th May to 19th June 2014, I took part in an exhibition entitled INSPIRED BY at Morley College, London. The college organised the show in conjunction with the Victoria & Albert Museum. On display were artworks which had been inspired by exhibits in the V&A. My inspiration had been an exquisite engraving by the 16th century ornamental engraver, Enea Vico (1523-1567), who was also a coin collector, author and artist interested in ancient Rome. He engraved twelve plates of vases and ewers in 1543: this one is described as “Ewer with a satyr holding a large conch.” A little satyr is perched near the top of a large ewer and is holding a conch shell. I love this little print and decided to make my own engraving as homage to this great but little known artist. Prints of this kind, known as engraved ornament, originated as a species of graphic art which were valued for their usefulness. They were used as models by goldsmiths, armorers and other designers and often show the marks of their usage. Enea Vico was a masterful and prolific engraver with the most joyfully droll sense of humour. There is a rich treasure trove in the V&A collection of engraved ornament, which could supply endless inspiration.

Materials used:

Copper plate engraved with a steel burin and printed on Moulin du Gue paper

Satyr with conch holding a small ewer (2014)


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