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Fast ascending the ranks of artistic ambition, Dan Hillier has wowed us again with his latest Giclée print, ‘Mother and Child’.
Merging the old with the new, Hillier re-purposes scraps of Victorian art - from wood cuts to etchings, engravings to anatomical drawings - layering up pieces of the past through digital collage process, to tread a line somewhere in the intersection of surrealism and neo-Victoriana.
‘Mother and Child’ represents something of a divergence from Hillier’s signature style: where his nineteenth century inspired prints were characterised by sketchy monochrome, the religious Renaissance overtones of this latest work explode in a cacophony of colour, from rich, lapis lazuli blue, studded with golden stars, to a shimmering halo of hand applied gold leaf. The result? All of the beauty and intensity of Renaissance iconography has been given a new lease of life, with unmistakable, twenty-first century flare.
Yet if you thought that this was Christian revivalism, think again. The piece is a celebration not of the Holy Mother, but of mother earth herself, as the crowns of colourful flowers hint. To complicate religious distinctions, Hillier has printed words from the Metta Sutta - Buddhist discourse on loving kindness - onto the reverse of the image, as if to remind us that true spirituality crosses all boundaries, and is best expressed through the beauty of visual art.
With such conceptually provocative and visually powerful prints, it’s no surprise that Hillier’s career has gone from strength to strength in a tiny burst of time. One of our most popular artists in the gallery, Hillier has also exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery and was commissioned to design pieces for the Globe Theatre, prominently displayed along London’s South Bank in 2017.
Close to selling out, ‘Mother and Child’ is one to watch. But be quick - it’s not unusual for the artist to increase prices towards the end of the edition run, so be sure to snap up one of these gems at its original starting price.
Helen in our Brighton Gallery: "Copyright always comes up trumps with the depiction of fierce women in his breathtaking print editions. Combining the simplicity and graphic look of stencils with detailed hand painted flowers, Copyright makes work that is perfectly weighted and is hugely popular.
Jake from our Brighton Gallery: “I’m a big fan of Damien Hirst and think this lenticular is one of the best editions by the artist in our gallery. By using advanced printing techniques Hirst has really captured the 3D qualities of his infamous diamond skull piece ‘For The Love of God’.
When moving past this piece it creates the visual illusion of the skull laughing in a really sinister yet comedic way. The original skull was valued in the region of £50m and featured over 8,000 flawless diamonds, so it’s great to be able to own a homage to the original for a much more affordable price.
This is one print that pictures cannot do justice and must be seen in the flesh. It can give the impression of following you around the room and there aren’t many editions that you can say that about!
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