Charles Blackman 'OWL + PUSSY + PIGGY'

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In the rare ‘Piggy (OWL + PUSSY + PIGGY)’, Charles Blackman draws three friends: an owl, pig and cat. In the distance soars a small blue boat, backed by a textual grey sky. There is something reticent about this trio - like three fairy-tale figures gathering in the story’s aftermath. What happens either side of “happily ever after”?

Fluent in the language of emotion and symbolism, the animals that occupy Blackman are never mere creatures. They are symbols for luck, determination, loneliness, solitude and intelligence. His fantasy realm is a place where the viewer is refracted by their own imagination.

Blackman stands among Australias most beloved and collectable artists. With a career as distinct as it is diverse, his work is consistently informed by a sense of childlike wonder and emotional accuity. ‘Piggy (OWL + PUSSY + PIGGY)’ will enliven collections of modern art, Blackman and animal art. Come join this trio and watch the boats pass.

Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'OWL + PUSSY + PIGGY'
etching on paper
Image Size: 20 x 20 cm
Dimensions: 29 x 25 cm
Signed: initialed CB in margin and inscribed with edition and title in margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Condition:very good
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