Ken Currie (1960 – )
- 28.8 X 25 CM
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This work comes for the portfolio Story From Glasgow; the final portfolio comprised 97 black and white linocuts printed over a six month period by Simon King in Cumbria, in an edition of 50. The prints are based on a chance meeting the artist had with a ‘down and out’ man, who told the artist his life history from being a skilled worker and trade union organiser, he turned to drink after the sudden death of his much loved wife and lost his home and his job ending up leading a squalid life on the streets of Glasgow where Currie met him. The prints were quickly made on lino – the drawing painted on with black gouache before softening the lino over a bar-fire to cut the design. Each work, from start to finish, took about an hour and half to do; the artist wanted the works to be direct and raw, any that became too calculated were rejected.
Contemporary Art in Print, Scottish National Gallery of Modern and The Paragon Press, 1995, texts by Jeremy Lewison, Duncan Macmillan and Patrick Elliott