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He Fought - Limited Edition of 10 Print

Alan Rogers


Printmaking, Digital on Paper

Size: 16.5 W x 11.7 H x 0.1 D in

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About The Artwork

The price qiven is for an A3 Giclee print in archival inks, shipped to your door. For other dimensions or formats, please contact me. We became familiar with a language that disassociates us from loss during this current pandemic: second waves, recovery rates, testing times, business incentives, home working, sanitised environments, flattening peaks...and numbers, numbers, numbers. Meanwhile, our relatives, our elders, our friends are dying. We should be celebrating the lives that have been lost in our communities During this pandemic, it’s become more obvious than usual that we are transient and transitory, and in time we become transparent. It’s a fictitious work, not an autobiographical one, using digital drawing techniques over photographs I took of walls in Venice, together with portraits from gravestones at the cemetery of San Michele. The poetry and the intrigue are hard to explain. There's something about the fact that we don’t truly die until we are no longer present within the memory of the living. There's something in the poetic synergy between those fading memories and the complex layers of history and human activity evident in urban situations like billboards and walls: that new iterations and ideas temporarily obliterate their predecessors, but over time the past has a habit of re-establishing itself.

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Printmaking:Digital on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:10

Size:16.5 W x 11.7 H x 0.1 D in

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Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.

I'm Alan Rogers, a multi-media visual artist born in South Yorkshire (UK), now resident in Sant' Elena, Venice, Italy. My creative practice and career has been varied and in addition to working as an artist, I have also worked in Arts Education, Creative Events Management and as a DJ. These practises intertwine and inform each other. I'm inspired by places where history is writ large upon archtiectural fabric, and the detritus of past civilisations is scattered throughout the present. Places like Venice, Cairo, Jodhpur, Trivandrum... Rather than capturing a ‘moment in time’ some of these paintings represent ‘multiple times’. This is manifest both through the process of building and excavating surfaces and in the subject matter, which reveals actions though time - either man-made and natural. I struggle with the materials, forms and colours that might define a place, until their aesthetic begins to speak back to me. The resulting dialogue defines the style of each piece, each period. The construction of the two-dimensional space, the relationship between illusion and object, has occupied me all my working life as an artist. Norbert Lynton wrote of my work: “A visit to Italy, years ago, taught him the pleasure of facades – I think it is not just that there are such cunningly wrought facades in Italy, but also that the street or piazza surface runs slap up against them often, without the hiatus of a pavement, that gives them an extra vividness. In any case, all Rogers’ images have something architectural about them, standing up before our eyes, whether large or small and announcing themselves as flat objects before we feel the sensations of movement and space worked into them”. ‘Syzygy’ touring exhibition catalogue essay, 1999, ISBN 0 903189 62 3 Whether the images tend towards the abstract or realistic, is the idea of exploring relationships between opposing forces excites me: order and chaos, creation and destruction, present and distant, urgent and aloof, controlled and expressive, rough and smooth...the list is long. Reconciling and balancing them can determine the sucess of the work. Occurring simultaneously and instinctively with the action of layering materials, is the layering of meanings and references. These are then excavated, revealed, sanded, undone. SSome images never entirely resolve.

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