We regularly feature the work of Alan Campbell as I am always impressed with his originality and commitment to pushing the envelope in terms of experimenting with subject matter. For his latest set of releases, Alan has turned his focus to homonyms; words that are pronounced the same, regardless of spelling.
Ever one for playing with the conventionality of Pop Culture, Scottish artist Alan Campbell’s next release, “Crime and Punishment”, is the third in a series of Dostoevsky inspired screen prints following on from 2012’s very popular Brothers Karamazov, his most popular print to date, and 2013’s Crocodile print. Alan’s unique line art style really gives the piece an authentic feel.
These prints go on sale Wednesday the 14th of May at 6pm GMT, which is EST 1pm, PST 10am at Alan’s online store.
“Crime and Punishment” Regular By Alan Campbell
5 colour screenprint on GFSmith Kimono Red stramore grande 216gsm
Edition of 45 S/N and stamped
£35 / $58 + S/H
“Crime and Punishment” Line Art Variant By Alan Campbell
1 colour screenprint on GFSmith colorplan natural 270gsm
Edition of 4 S/N and stamped
£40 / $67 + S/H
Along with the Dostoevsky series, it sits within a collection of book recommendation inspired prints that I’ve been making since 2010. The goal isn’t to feed nostalgia but to push beyond, encourage people to go out and read the books, the visuals of the prints aren’t intended to be a straight illustrations or alternative covers for books, more of a prompt for discussion, which feeds back to me in the form of emails and conversations when I do exhibitions or conventions. To me personally this where it crosses over to become art, through it I change the way people talk to me, people talk to me about books rather than something boring I don’t care about.
I started to consider a crime and punishment print in about September, running through dozens of ideas and sketches but everything seamed too obvious, one of my favorite books and i wanted to do it justice.
Around the end of March I started to work towards the solution, focusing on the character of Sofia visualised as Joséphine Napoleon’s first wife framed in a golden portrait locket overlooked by the skulls of Alyona and Lizaveta, the type box is intended to be reminiscent of the head of an axe, under the eastern cross the Russian type reads crime and punishment and the bottom line reads Dostoevsky.
Initially hand drawn at 9″x12″ , a recent development of drawing originals first has helped me considerably in adding more detail and polishing the design. Previously I would just straight draw onto sheets of drafting film at full size, from their the drawing was scanned and cleaned up digitally, the rest of the print separations were drawn by hand, hand screen printed by me at the Glasgow print studio over the first week of May and printed on textured paper with four thick metallic inks giving it a strange quality and depth that I’ve found to be quite unique among my own work and print collection.
. – Alan Campbell
I have to admit, I haven’t read the book but Alan’s passion for art to drive discussion is something that I really can connect with. Discussing books, fiction or otherwise, is something I really enjoy, almost as much as movies, and it is great to see Alan creating art to drive those conversations.
Pick up a copy of “Crime and Punishment” over in Alan Campbell’s online store from 6pm GMT on Wednesday the 14th of May. You can keep track of Alan Campbell, his work and his world by following him on Facebook, Twitter and over on his website too!
Pop culture inspired art is predominantly inspired by movies, comics, music and even books, but Scottish artist Alan Campbell has looked to British comedy institution The Two Ronnie’s for inspiration with his latest print “Four Candles/ Fork Handles”.
“Four Candles/ Fork Handles” by Alan Campbell
2 colour, 8″x10″ screenprint ( all three inks used are metallic)
edition of 23 S/N and stamped, £12.
Based on the two Ronnie’s sketch Four candles from 1976, I came across the sketch and liked it based on the world play later i discovered how very popular it is. – Alan Campbell
For those of you unfamiliar with The Two Ronnie’s, they were a hugely popular 70’s double act here in the U.K. You can watch the whole sketch over on YouTube.
Pick up a copy of “Four Candles/ Fork Handles” over in Alan Campbell’s online store. You can keep track of Alan Campbell, his work and his world by following him on Facebook, Twitter and over on his website too!