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JUMP TO LOT
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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John Kingerlee
B.1936
THE HARBOUR (SRIKS SERIES)
signed with monogram l.l.; also signed, titled and dated 2015-16 on the backboard
painted collage on Indian card
40.5 by 48.5cm., 16 by 19in.
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Provenance

Purchased from the artist by the present owner

Exhibited

Athlone, Luan Gallery, Kingerlee Retrospective, 2016;
Belfast, The Crescent Gallery, Beyond the Beyonds: Work by John Kingerlee, 2018

Catalogue Note

Kingerlee's ongoing SRIKS series of mixed media paintings pays homage to two of his favourite artists: the German Dadaist Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) and the American Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), whose 'Combines' of the 1950s broke new grounds. As Kingerlee explains: 'SRIK is a word derived from three surnames - Schwitters, Rauschenberg, Kingerlee. A small family tree. A line of inheritance. ... housing a lifetime's random collection of memorabilia. Old notes, old letters, old drawings etc.' 

Because much of the glued material in the SRIKS is picked up on Kingerlee's travels or salvaged from parcels and envelopes, the finished works allude to journeys, real and imagined. The present work features a piece of brown wrapping paper bearing an Eire post stamp for €4.80. Just to the right, images of a dove and Picasso's portrait belong to a Russian postal souvenir sheet from 1981 (the centenary of Picasso's birth).

In The Harbour paint and collage combine seamlessly, each medium registering the physical actions of the artist. The dynamism of the gestures evokes the activity of boats with their sails and rigging, whilst the blue paint could be the water within the harbour. Such an interpretation makes biographical sense, for Kingerlee's  studio is in the small West Cork town of Skibbereen, meaning 'little boat harbour.'

Jonathan Benington

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