‘Kraken’ is a Screen Print by contemporary artist Not Now Nancy. Hand finished with gold leaf, the pint is from a limited edition of 50 and is signed and numbered by the artist.
The work of Not Now Nancy stages a dichotomy between a pastoral past and a modern urbanism, bringing conflicting themes together into a harmonious and compellingly beautiful blend. Her prints are a fusion of layers, building found antique illustrations into hand drawn elements and symbolic contemporary imagery to achieve a unique and captivating aesthetic.
‘Kraken’ is a rich assemblage of antique etchings, depicting a stormy sea scene. The face of a man in Victorian style sits at the centre of the print, while monstrous sea creatures, tumultuous waves and billowing ship sails swarm chaotically around the portrait. Lashings of gold leaf have been applied to create texture, tone and delicate contrast against the predominant monochrome of the print. Saturated with an intangible haunting quality, ‘Kraken’ is a striking example of past aesthetic meets contemporary technique, for a print of breathtaking beauty.