The painting is titled “Star-crossed Lovers”. This modern interpretation of the Romeo and Juliet has been produced onto original century-old book pages of the play.
The inspiration for the design came while wandering the street of Italy and was produced to mark the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare.
“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
from ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;”
About the Screen Print
The screen print is produced on original book pages which are over 75 years of age and are mounted on using cotton duck canvas using kiln dried quality wood stretchers. The stretchers use aluminium dowels to ensure the painting is rigid, allowing the works to be hung without the need for framing (if desired). Works are 24mm deep.
About Cain’s Work
Cain creates beautiful and intriguing art imagery by painting carefully composed figures on vintage book pages. Any space between the figures exposes a background, which gives them context and narrative. The subjects are always turned away from the observer, seemingly engaged in the narrative, which remains magically elusive. As time continues to pass, the contemporary presence of the reader will age along with the older book pages. Interestingly, this ageing will be observed by future viewers of the painting.
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