Lithograph in 6 colours
60.5 x 48.5 cm [23.8 x 19.1 inches]
Edition of 40, signed and numbered recto.
About the work
For the Whitechapel Gallery, Unwin has generously created a new lithograph, entitled Marble Head. Available in an edition of 40, this beautiful print is the artist's first work in the medium.
To make the image, Unwin reuses motifs and patterns from previous works - the dots are from a wood-block print, the architectural arch is from a ‘stone wall’ model making paper and the tie-dye, from studies made in the artist’s sketchbook. Unwin also incorporates elements of the lithographic process - tape marks and scissor-cut edges of the lithographic film remain visible. By layering and repeating these translucent elements, Unwin retains a sense of construction and process.
The head, a recurring figure in Unwin’s work, represents a presence of character, thought or feeling. Occupying much of the pictorial space and printed in pale magenta, it is a permeable form - the marbling effect suggests a distant landscape or map, tightly connecting tissues of a brain, as well as classical sculpture. Within the print there is a sense of shifting space and scale, between a monumental stone arch and the pattern of a tie-dye t-shirt.
About the artist
Phoebe Unwin is known for her paintings which shift between figuration and abstraction, creating a personal register of images and marks: observations of reality, constructs of memory or indirect references to particular places and events.
She was short-listed for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery in 2016.
Born 1979, Cambridge, UK, Phoebe Unwin lives and works in London and is represented by Wilkinson Gallery, London and Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles. Unwin’s work was featured in The British Art Show 7. She was shortlisted for the 6th Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Her work is included in major collections such as Arts Council of Great Britain, British Council Collection, Tate Gallery, London and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT Solo Exhibitions include Wilkinson Gallery, London (2013) and The Corridor, Reykjavík, Iceland.
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