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The Artist's Father and more art by Glenn Brown

The Artist's Father, 2016
15 x 11 cm (h x w)
etching on paper
not for sale
[Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of the Des Moines Art Center Print Club, 2016.75]

(Commissioned Print & Gift Print, 2016)

Contemporary British artist Glenn Brown selects images from the Old Masters and then alters them by stretching, distorting, and compressing them on a computer. To create his line etching for Print Club, Brown used Rembrandt’s etching The Artist’s Father, ca. 1630, as his starting point. After transferring the computer-manipulated image to the plate, Brown used an etching needle to draw intricate line work that evokes Rembrandt’s direct drypoint scrawling, as well as a more calligraphic, late 16th-century Mannerist line work. The artist wrote, “I have no option other than to appropriate or transpose the images the world has thrown at me…I hope to create a strangeness by bringing together examples of the way the best historic and modern-day artists have depicted their personal sense of the world.”
Brown’s etching for Print Club was etched and printed at Paupers’ Press in London.



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