Springs Fireplace Road is the title of the group of etchings by Colin Self and printed by master printer Maurice Payne at Editions Alecto between 1968 and 1971.
Editions of 50.
Framed 47cm x 38.5cm
All etchings are printed on BFK Rives paper. UV archival glass
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More about Colin Self
Norfolk born and bred COLIN SELF attended the Slade School of Art in the early sixties arriving at the crucial moment Pop Art emerged in London. Identified as one of Pop Art’s exponents, Self exhibited at the influential Robert Fraser Gallery, along side Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Clive Barker. He has remained true to his Pop roots and sees potential in the everyday objects that surround us and calls himself a ‘hunter’, seeking out connections between objects he has selected out from the detritus of mass consumption. His work is fresh, immediate and frequently delivered with a punchline.
More about Spring Fireplace Road edition
Springs Fireplace Road is the address of Payne's studio in East Hampton, New York*. Payne has printed for Hockney for over 40 years and it was at a chance meeting with Self in the 1990s at a David Hockney private view, that reconnected them. A few years later Payne visited Self when in north Norfolk after which they decided to work together again on this series. He left a number of different sized new plates with Self who began to work on them - all as personal and non-competitive as a diary.
Self considers these etchings to be essentially about serendipity. A quest to discover something sensed but remains covered. At times things are discovered by chance – some one never even knew existed in the first place. Self sees this body of work as the antithesis of ‘getting to the point’ having no apparent logic or theme. The backwater, which no matter what else goes on in world speculation, hype, investment, money, power and fashion, simply remains true, constant.
When at the Slade Self chose etching as a second subject to painting. He loved the pressure of the press and it somehow symbolised authenticity. Self drew drypoint and hard ground small etchings. Found objects were inked up and printed as the plate itself which was unorthodox in its time. In 'Springs Fireplace Road’ he quite naturally returned to the skills developed at the Slade. This series of tin cans printed by Payne, display in Self's own words: "a clear empathy and ability to get within the psychology of what I wanted to say – something is truly amazing".
* Springs Fireplace Road in East Hampton. During a phone call with Maurice Payne, Colin Self was told that “The ‘Fireplace' refers to bonfires that were lit at night to guide in pirates like Captains Kidd and Blackbeard.” Later Payne mentioned that Jackson Pollock had his studio “50 yards down the road from here and the tree he crashed his car into and died still stands by the roadside.”