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Simon Periton: A Sunken Owl Prunes

Simon Periton: A Sunken Owl Prunes

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Edition of 65

In 2007 Simon Periton painted Unknown Pleasures, a work on glass. A Sunken Owl Prunes – an anagram for Unknown Pleasures – began with the same image flipped horizontally to face the other way. The two works then part company. With the painting on glass the image was built up in layers on the back of the glass and in reverse. When this is turned around you are presented with a shiny glass surface across the whole image making the surface of the painting the focus of attention.

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In 2007 Simon Periton painted Unknown Pleasures, a work on glass. A Sunken Owl Prunes – an anagram for Unknown Pleasures – began with the same image flipped horizontally to face the other way. The two works then part company. With the painting on glass the image was built up in layers on the back of the glass and in reverse. When this is turned around you are presented with a shiny glass surface across the whole image making the surface of the painting the focus of attention.

The process of screenprinting also builds up an image in layers but constructs the image by adding layers one on top of the other. In this respect Simon feels that there is a greater degree of accuracy in achieving a successful result:

The process itself seemed to allow me more control which I enjoyed. By adjusting the intensity of colours I was able to bring out a depth in the image which painting on glass didn’t seem to allow me. The matt varnish on the barbed wire contrasts with the overall gloss surface of the image and draws attention to the surface, making the barbed-wire grid seem like a leaded window, which was an aspect of the original painting on glass that I particularly liked.

Additional Information

Weight 4.5 kg
Dimensions 599.5 x 1 x 76 cm
Edition Size

65

Materials

Screenprint on 300gsm Somerset textured paper

Date

2009

Simon Periton has had recent solo exhibitions at The New Arts Centre, Salisbury (2015), The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2013); ‘The Asbo Mystery Play and other Public Works’ (with Alan Cane, Sadie Coles, London 2011), ‘‘Spirits of Salt’ Sadie Coles, London (2009).

Recent commissions include: ‘Bodypopper’, Pancras Square Leisure Centre, London; Channel 4; Victoria and Albert Museum; Waddesdon Manor, Hertfordshire; ‘Bombyx Mori’, First Site, Colchester.

This information was last updated in 2016. For the most up to date information see http://www.sadiecoles.com/artists/periton