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Mycenaean Grave Goods

I was tidying up and found some bits from art school ten years ago. Here's some preliminary sketches I did for a project based on Mycenaean artefacts. Rather than draw direct, I drew various motifs on some acetate with marker, and then held it on the cyanotype paper with glass to expose the pictures. These prints were not the final project, I don't know where that has gone. They were more preliminary exploration work.... Read More...

“I cried for madder music and for stronger wine”

I have Bacchae prints available again. The text says "I caught this young lion myself without a trap". Based on the scene from Euripides' Bacchae where Pentheus' mother tears her own son's head off with her bare hands while under Dionysus' spell and parades it round the stage. Available from me as a print here for £6 or £12 depending on size. Ideal festive gift for all, look how red it is.... Read More...

Bacchae prints for sale

I still have a couple of these 22x25 cm / 8.5x9.5" risograph prints based on the Bacchae by Euripedes left. The text says "ἔμαρψα τόνδ᾽ ἄνευ βρόχων λέοντος ἀγροτέρου νέον ἶνιν ὡς ὁρᾶν πάρα." which means "I caught this young lion by myself, without a trap". Pentheus' mother, having run off into the woods with Dionysus to be a maenad, kills her son in a frenzy because she thinks he's a lion, and then parades his head around the stage boasting about the lion she's killed. That old plot cliché.... Read More...