Produced in limited runs to an exceptionally high standard – using premium printing papers such as Somerset & Hahnemuhle – each of our Special Editions by leading and contemporary artists come with embossing and certificate of authenticity. This holiday season, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most coveted Special Editions our customers add to their wish lists. From screen prints inspired by nineteenth-century poetry to figurative paintings channeling ancient Greek muses, each of these wonderful artworks has a fascinating story to tell.
Frank Bowling is one of Britain’s foremost contemporary abstract artists. Dan & Them was produced shortly after the completion of Bowling's ‘map paintings’ (1967–71). It features pictorial references to biographical material, such as the repeated imagery of Bowling’s eldest son, Dan, on the left hand side of the canvas. Many of the images in the painting are obscured by thick layers of gestural earthy and neon shades of magenta, pink and orange. Bowling’s special edition artworks have been produced in partnership with DACS Artimage, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to sourcing exceptional contemporary art.
Figurative painter Nikoleta Sekulovic was born in Rome to a German mother and a Serbian father. Having previously worked and exhibited in London, Paris, and New York, she now resides with her family in Madrid. Published in partnership with Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, Sappho is part of her ‘MOTHER & MUSE’ collection: a series of paintings that explore the modern-day mother as a muse. The models, all known to the artist, and all fellow mothers themselves, have been given classical titles – the names of ancient Greek female goddesses, poets and philosophers. Widely regarded as one of the great lyric poets in ancient Greece, Sappho’s poetry was intended to be sung with accompanying music. With sparse but confidently executed lines reminiscent of Egon Schiele’s figurative work, Sekulovic’s Sappho turns away from the viewer as she sits on a chair chosen by Viaduct, a leading independent retailer of contemporary furniture in London.
Margate-based artist David Shillinglaw’s artworks unravel intricate landscapes in a series of patchwork puzzles, wordplay, and meandering maps. With its dynamic composition and bright colour palette, Fruit (produced in partnership with DACS Artimage) is emblematic of Shillinglaw’s expressive style. A frequent collaborator with his artistic partner, Lily, and inspired by his young daughter, he describes his paintings as ‘love letters’ to his family. Find out more about Shillinglaw's inventive creative practice in this beautifully-produced video.
Originally created to illustrate a 1973 book poems by Franco-Uruguayan poet Jules Laforgue, this arresting yellow clock is just one of 22 brightly-coloured designs by celebrated English painter and printmaker Patrick Caulfield.
Laforgue was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1860 but lived and worked in Paris. Influenced by Walt Whitman, he was one of the first French poets to write in free verse. Philosophically, he was a pessimist and an ardent disciple of Schopenhauer and Von Hartmann, leading some critics to describe his poetry as both romantic and ironic. Caulfield admired Laforgue’s poetry since his days as a student at The Royal College of Art in London where he was a contemporary of David Hockney and Allen Jones. Reflecting on the images he made to accompany Laforgue’s book of poems, Caulfield said: ‘The images I produced are complementary images, not illustrations. Some of the connections are a bit tenuous, others are obvious. I tried to imagine what Laforgue might have been looking at when he thought of the poems’.
Hong Kong-born British artist Fiona Rae is one of the Young British Artists (YBAs) who rose to prominence in the 1990s. Widely recognised for expanding the modern traditions of painting, her abstract work is celebrated for its inventive use of colour, line, imagery and gesture. Speaking in 2017, Rae explained that ‘marks and gestures suggest a figure or presence whilst remaining in the realm of the abstract – I think the excitement of abstract gestural painting is its ability to make the space for all kinds of imagery to appear and simultaneously disappear.’
Patrick Caulfield, The Poems of Jules Laforgue, Arts Council Collection, 1995