A framed, hand made, one-off collage by British artist Kate Black.
Framed in a bespoke box frame: 56 cm x 29cm x 2.5 cm deep
Works from this collage series are currently featured in the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize and were shortlisted for The Derwent Art Prize, exhibited at the Mall Galleries London.
Materials: Kate Black is known for her re-use of existing materials to create canvases; box lids, cardboard boxes and in this case, the reverse of opened-out old book covers are utilised. The paper has 'character', still showing its frayed edges and fold lines. Hand drawn, cut-out and painted collaged pieces are assembled within the composition.
British artist Kate Black creates work with a seemingly childlike aesthetic and has a growing number of collectors as well as prestigious prizes and exhibitions.
Born in Walsall, an industrial town in the Black Country, Kate sites the history of the area as an enduring source of inspiration. “I recall visiting The Black Country Living Museum from a young age and was instantly enthralled by the skills and crafts from the Industrial Age. Rag-rugs, chain-making, life along ‘the cut’ (or canal), the workers’ cottages – it’s these places that act as a catalyst for ideas and inspiration when it comes to making artworks. Interiors of the cottages, the colours, structures, forms and shapes all inform the ingredients I use to make artworks, be it drawings, paintings, textile or three-dimensional pieces.”
“ I was captivated by the solid colour and shape of the horses Hall depicted, it was as if they had been elongated. Elements in the paintings appear proportionally ‘incorrect’, like early folk art paintings of cattle and pigs. This stuck with me and the horse ‘motif’ has appeared a number of times in my works – particularly the horse collages which combine the horse shape with fragments of other drawings referencing wider sources of interest such as Fante Asafo flags, pottery or geometric fabric patterns of the 1930’s.”