‘Whistable Lifeguard’ is a 4 colour silkscreen print by artist Clare Halifax. From a limited edition of 75. The print is signed and numbered by the artist.
Clare Halifax is an artist who understands the beauty of print making. Using highly skilled processes, with an impressive talent for illustration, Halifax creates prints of rich and meticulous detail, with design, pattern and colour playing crucial roles in the overall aesthetic. Halifax takes inspiration from her immediate surroundings, drawing on places of special significance from her own life to create graphic landscapes filled with vibrancy and character. ‘Whitstable Lifeguard’ is a triumph of colour and compositional technique. The print is split into three main sections: comprising the most part, Halifax has drawn the beige-coloured shingle in careful, tiny detail; a small strip of sea, made up of a graphic wave design, slices across the middle of the print; and at the top, Halifax has used a flat, blue block for the sky. The relationship between the three sections - with their harmonising colours and contrasting textures - is minimal but aesthetically powerful. The focal point of the print is a white beach house, with bright orange roof and door, finished with the single word ‘LIFEGUARD’. There is a charming simplicity to the image which is deceptive: Halifax’s keen eye for colour, composition and illustration works hard to create an illusory naivety with enduring appeal.