Artist's description:

This is an abstract painting, based on the classic 'Popular Penguin' paperback books, a style icon. I wanted to take the original format of the book cover and transform it, distorting it with thick brushstrokes, and distorting the text, retaining the essence of the original inspiration but also becoming something new.
Most of the paintings in this series have been painted with acrylic paint, but this one is in oils. The rich cadmium orange paint has a stunning hue and beautiful glossy finish. The paint has been applied thickly with a palette knife, and is highly textured. Please note that the edges of the canvas are painted, and it will not need framing.

Former director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Edmund Capon, said of the first painting in this series, " an evocative imagining of the familiar Penguin Paperback...it was a painting we all liked very much for its rich texture, its sense of memory and its sort of nostalgic humour"

In terms of the application of the paint, I would cite the work of Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline as inspirations. The text owes something to the work of Rosalie Gascoigne.

These striking paintings will look fantastic in any home.

Materials used:

oil paint

Unpopular Penguin 80 (2016)

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