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Bob Law

(England 22 Jan 1934 – 17 Apr 2004)

Kisses and crosses

Location
Not on display
Further information

'Kisses and crosses' is the first and last set of prints produced by Bob Law. They have their origins in drawings he made in Cornwall in the late 1950s, in which he lay in a field and mentally mapped the space around him with simple lines marking margins and pathways.

This portfolio is based on a series of drawings produced in the first months of the new millennium. The drawings are juxtapositions of signs for a kiss and a cross. Religion, love, rejection and national identity are invoked and reconfigured in these schematic representations. The drawings result from a kind of etching process, in which the ground is not a metal plate but the paper itself. Using a ruler and a screw, Law gouged into black gouache coated Arches paper to the white beneath. The resulting scratched markings were transferred onto an etching plate by the process of photogravure. The portfolio contains eight etchings from a series of eighteen drawings produced between 1-9 March 2000.

Year
2000
Media
Print
Medium
boxed portfolio of eight etchings
Dimensions
8 etchings: each 28.4 x 38.4 cm platemark; 47.0 x 54.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. image [a], incised plate "BOB LAW 01.03.00".
Signed and dated l.r. image [b], incised plate "BOB LAW 03.03.00".
Signed and dated l.r. image [c], incised plate "BOB LAW 04.03.00".
Signed and dated l.r. image [d], incised plate "BOB LAW 05.03.00".
Signed and dated l.r. image [e], incised plate "BOB LAW 6.03.00".
Signed and dated l.r. image [f], incised plate "BOB LAW 07.03.00".
Signed and dated l.r. image [g], incised plate "BOB LAW 07.03.00".
Signed and dated l.r. image [h], incised plate "BOB LAW 07.03.00".
Signed l.r. sheet each print, pencil "BOB LAW".

Credit
Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 2004
Accession number
179.2004.a-h
Copyright
© Estate of Bob Law