Friday, 24 February 2012

New drawing: My art really DOES look like a plane crash...!!

"That Tracey Emin Says my Art Looks Like a Plane Crash" : 72 x 102cm : Mixed media on handmade paper
Copyright © 2012 by Martin Herbert : Click for a larger view
My biggest drawing to date, just completed. Connoisseurs of 'Arted States' will immediately recognise this as being based on one of the BA 'Great Britons' designs. You can read the whole story of last year's bid for fame and glory starting here.

For those with less patience, this drawing is based on my original design for the 2011 British Airways "Great Britons" art competition. The brief was to create a design to be painted on BA's aircraft during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and this one was based on the Olympic rings - somewhat extrapolated!

I was one of only 10 artists shortlisted for the prize and was interviewed at the Royal Academy of Arts on London by an illustrious panel including artist Tracey Emin, and RA curator Eliza Bonham-Carter. Sadly I didn't win in the end, but it was all an interesting experience.

The title of the piece is based on Ms. Emin's comment during the interview when she was looking at this particular design :-¦ You can read the full story behind the title here.

It's currently for sale on etsy.com priced at £8,000 - the value of the commission I didn't quite win.  Some higher resolution pics there.

Original drawing in sepia ink, clay pencil with white gouache highlights, and transfer-printed lettering on handmade Khadi paper prepared with a red egg-tempera wash. Paper size 40" x 28" (102 x 70 cm). As with all the drawings I'm doing at the moment, this is a one-off unique original and will not be reproduced as a print.

Me, I think it would be an ideal addition to the walls of some big national company's corporate HQ.  Hint. Hint.
"That Tracey Emin Says my Art Looks Like a Plane Crash" (Detail) : 72 x 102cm : Mixed media on handmade paper
Copyright © 2012 by Martin Herbert : Click for a larger view

1 comment:

Amit Sadik said...

plane crash hehe :)
lovely art!

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