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Philippe Le Miere's art is a provocative and playful exploration of pop culture, where the focus shifts from the artist to the viewer. In ‘Charles kelly sidney school girl lost ned blackman nolan’, familiar symbols are refracted, resembling a funhouse mirror that challenges your perception. This composition symbolises the integration of fragmented memories and disparate ideas. The school girl and her shadow, unified by the outlaw, visually combines to create a single shape and new possibilities for interpretation. Buried in the word salad of the title is the word ‘lost’, this time its a textual reference to yet another iconic symbol in Australian art—McCubbin's lost girl in the bush.For collectors of modern Australian and contemporary art, ‘Charles kelly sidney school girl lost ned blackman nolan’ is a captivating journey into the profound connections between personal experiences and iconic imagery.This work is a pochoir (posh-waar) print. Emerging in late nineteenth-century Paris, pochoir printmaking sees an artist layer and hand-colour each component of their image. Unmechanised, this process gives each edition its own ‘aura’ while also requiring serious time and skill. Indeed, by the 1930s pochoirs had all but died under the rise of more efficient, mechanised printing techniques.It was master printmaker Jeffrey Makin who first linked Le Miere's experimental process with the forgotten early twentieth-century practice. For Le Miere, working by hand represents a critical counterpoint to his subject matter. Where mainstream cinema is technologically immaculate, Le Miere's work is fluid, textural and deliciously idiosyncratic. Layers of paint disturb a perfect surface, registering like man-made pixels. Once employed by Matisse and Picasso and revived by Le Miere, the pochoir unites art and the artisanal to give each work the feel of an original painting.
Philippe LE MIERE (1975 - )'Charles kelly sidney school girl lost ned blackman nolan' 2023acrylic on paperEdition of 50Image Size: 26 x 34 cm Dimensions: 30 x 42 cm Signed: Signed, titled and editioned in marginComes with Letter of Provenance
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