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Butterflies possess a dual resonance in Charles Blackman’s work. They are on one hand, symbols of transformation – the exquisite result of a metamorphosis from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly. They also connect to Blackman’s iconic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ series. In ‘Silver Point’, this duality is present. Eyes peer through the creature’s wings, perhaps Alice has been transfigured into an insect? Or maybe the butterfly is part person, a visual metaphor for the changes we all endure. Brilliantly coloured and as always, curious and curiouser, ‘Silver Point’ is a beguiling image. 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. For fans of Blackman and butterflies, let this work flutter into your collection.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)'Silver Point'etching on paperEdition of 50Image Size: 12 x 18 cm Dimensions: 49 x 38 cm Signed: Signed, titled and edition bottom marginComes with Letter of Provenance Condition: Excellent © Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2023
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