There is a disused theatre in my home town that I have walked past since.. well since I could walk. In its heyday Charlie Chaplin played there and it is one of just two purpose-built music halls left standing in the UK. Because of it's wedged shape it looks like a tower from the front. It needs a knight in shining armour to save it from ruin but so far none have come forward.
There is a beauty in the decay of great old buildings. They have a nostalgic grandeur and we fill them with the ghosts of our imagination. Unfortunately this nostalgia can become wistful and the ghosts often stay with us. This is a sad image but a heartfelt one that tries to capture the attachment the public have for a much loved landmark. Hopefully from this attachment can spring determination. Perhaps even some shining armour.
This drawing uses a mix of media. For the transferred image I print out one of my digital photographs on an inkjet printer, place it face down onto a fine quality, heavyweight artpaper, soak the back in nail varnish remover and quickly pass it through an etching press. This pulls the pigments out of one paper and into the other, diffusing and mixing them as it does so. The effect throws up unexpected and sometimes spectacular combinations of colours. I then use fine point Faber Castell Pitt artists’ drawing pens for the line work.
Transfer print and fine point Faber Castell Pitt artists’ drawing pens