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Eighty years ago, a farm girl fretfully drifted to sleep in the eye of a tornado. Since then, The Wizard of Oz has journeyed across history, meeting new interpretations at every turn. Today, the modern classic awakes on Philippe Le Miere's canvas. For him, Dorothy’s story is about ripping back the curtain, questioning dogma and most strikingly, daring to be wise.
In this work, he places her iconic ruby slipper centre. As bright as technicolour Oz, ‘classic wizard of oz magic ruby shoes’ is equal parts nostalgia and fantasy. Born from walking his own Yellow Brick Road, this work celebrates the myriad of meanings a good story springs. So, click your heels, close your eyes and repeat “there’s no place like art”...
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.
Read our interview with artist here.
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Philippe LE MIERE (1975 - )'classic wizard of oz magic ruby shoes' 2020acrylic on paperEdition of 50Image Size: 34 x 26 cm Dimensions: 42 x 30 cm Signed: Signed, titled and editioned in marginComes with Letter of ProvenanceCondition: Excellent © The Artist or Assignee
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