Etching a la poupée on 300gsm Somerset Satin White paper
43.5 x 52 cm
edition of 50 with 10 AP’s
This print, created exclusively for SLG, features a scene taken from one of Raqib Shaw’s most recent paintings, titled The Martyrdom of Icarus (After Honthorst and Carracci), a painting which was partly inspired by Annibale Carracci’s Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne. Shaw often depicts otherworldly and fantastical scenes with a number of mythological and literary characters that represent puzzling and provocative themes. Etching a la poupée is a method where all the colours are applied to one plate with twists of cloth and the image is printed in one pull.
Raqib Shaw (b. 1974, Calcutta) is a Kashmiri artist who lives and works in London. He is known for his opulent and intricately detailed paintings of phantasmagorical dreamscapes made with surfaces inlaid with vibrantly coloured jewels and enamel. His works reveal an eclectic combination of Western and Eastern influences, from Persian carpets and Northern Renaissance painting to industrial materials and Japanese lacquer. Shaw has exhibited internationally, most notably in ‘Without Boundary’, MoMA New York (2006), ‘Around the world in Eighty Days’, Major solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2006), ‘Art Now’, Tate Britain (2006), The Metropolitan Museum, New York (2008), Kunsthalle Wien (2009), Manchester Art Gallery (2013), Whitworth Art Gallery (2017) and in ‘Reinventing the Old Masters’ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (2018).