SELF TAUGHT MAN 1987
Ken Currie (1960 – )
- 68.7 X 50.8 CM
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This drawing was of great personal significance to the artist. He wrote that ‘There have been several self-taught men and women in my own family. They fascinated me as a boy, but it’s only now I realise their significance. They were determined to educate themselves, not as a way of bettering their lot in life, but as a vehicle of expression for their communities. I was impressed by the dedication and commitment required for working-class people to learn about the world around them and fight ignorance. ‘Union is strength, knowledge is power’ – this was the legend on their banners. It was an acknowledgement that wasn’t necessarily political, but, rather, encyclopaedic – a global knowledge ranging from science to engineering, from history to philosophy. Even today the working class has to struggle for the vital power that comes through this knowledge. I hope my drawing reflects this struggle’.
Cries & Whispers New Works for the British Council Collection 1988
The depiction of shapes and forms on a flat surface chiefly by means of lines although colour and shading may also be included. Materials most commonly used are pencil, ink, crayon, charcoal, chalk and pastel, although other materials, including paint, can be used in combination.