Nimbus (2023) is part of a Limited Edition of 20 prints released on the last day of Stanley Donwood's exhibition Travailler à la Fabrique (Whistleblower Gallery, June 15 to July 13, 2023).
This is a 14 colour screen print, two layers of leaf, hand-anodised pink silver leaf and silver leaf, printed on Somerset satin 300gsm paper.
Nimbus (2023) is an edition after the artist's original Nimbus (2015), one of eight original paintings exhibited at Travailler à la Fabrique.
These paintings, alongside those in black and white previously shown at the gallery (Watermarks, Works Made With The Weather, Whistleblower Gallery, October 5 - November 4, 2018), were made at La Fabrique studios in the south of France as Radiohead was recording 'A Moon Shaped Pool':
"These paintings were made in the early autumn of 2015, at La Fabrique studios outside Saint-Rémy in the south of France. During this period I was working with Radiohead as they began the recording that was to become ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’.
My idea at the time was to try to remove a certain amount of human agency in the paintings I was making, and to do this I was employing the weather as a sort of unpredictable and wildly erratic assistant. I constructed large shallow pools outside the recording studios, in a yard that was dominated by two immense oaks, and poured enamel paint into the ponds. The wind would then shift and blend the colours. I used my canvases to ‘capture’ a snapshot of this movement.
I continued to work on the canvases, ‘by hand’, in the evenings, in an adjoining barn. It was something of a battle, a process without parameter but with the intention that the work should visually accompany, or at least be sympathetic to the music which was being composed in the recording studio across the yard. This process continued - with my weather assistant under the skies by day, in the studio, under a roof by night - for about two weeks. Then we, the band and I, took a week’s break.
On my return to La Fabrique, and with a renewed focus on the music, I realised that the work was far too polychromatic, simply too colourful, and I needed to abandon the vibrant spectrum I had been exploring and concentrate on black and on white.
The paintings I had made were packed away; in the autumn of 2022 I rediscovered them.
And so - here they are.''
Stanley Donwood, Brighton 2023
14 Colour Screen print, two layers of leaf, hand anodised pink silver leaf and silver leaf
50cm x 48cm
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