I was lucky enough to spot, and snap up this large vintage Christopher Brown linocut - Ou Voulez-Vous En Venir? whilst in Surrey the other day. The print depicts a couple of merry matelots disembarked in port, out on the town, and bound no-doubt, for all kinds of mischief and shenanigans. Lock up your sons!
Chris was one of the tutors on the course I completed at St Martin's School of Art, and I believe this print was one of a series he produced as promotional material for the now defunct airline TWA's (Trans World Airlines), flights to France. I love the limited use of colour reflecting the French tricolour, and the linocut technique - worthy of his mentor - the late, great Edward Bawden. I'm on the hunt now for what I believe was another print in this TWA series - Boy With Bird, which also has the same limited colour palette.
Ou Voulez-Vous En Venir? is a reminder of a very interesting period of time. So sad to see that that former beautiful St Martin's art-deco period building, with wonderful original period windows and wood-panelling in Long Acre has now become a branch of H&M! Plus ça change!
Chris currently has a show/pop-up shop - Studio-To-Home, at Pentreath & Hall, 17a Rugby Street in Bloomsbury. It is full of his wonderful original linocuts and their application onto a range of lampshades, ceramics, textiles - (tea towels, tote bags, cushion covers, and knitwear), books, and cards etc. It also features his Albion wallpaper (below), created in collaboration with St Jude's. It was all so lovely I couldn't help but treat myself to another of his vintage prints! Studio-To-Home continues until the end of November.
I thought this Flying Penis plate was hilarious. Every home should have one!
Christopher Brown's Pop-Up Shop
until 30th November
17a Rugby Street