August 21st 2018
Surgery Print Sale
UPDATE: Thank you so much for the support - I have made it to $5k and have booked in for surgery on the 13 and 14th of Sept. I'm not getting a holiday in Fiji but there is still time to grab a print as I am trying to buy an XL exercise bicycle for my recovery.
To everyone that expressed concern, please don't worry, it is not a life threatening condition and if left would just result in painful varicose old-man legs - which I do not want!!!
I've been having problems with my right leg, the main superficial vein has completely failed (genetic, my dad had the same). In fact the blood now goes the wrong way along it and pools in my ankle when I'm at the workbench and it aches. Upshot is that I need surgery but due to the low urgency and our diminishing public service I need to pay. I've found an incredibly nice art-loving vein surgeon who is discounting all the work but I still need to raise $5000 to cover the whole shebang (leg veins, ankles and the lot).
So I'm having a small private print sale for friends and collectors. Prices are roughly 50-60% of retail. Free tube postage inside Australia. If I raise more than what I need I am going to fly to Fiji with my kids for a holiday.
And this is the first release of my new China print!
100 Years (after Guo Jian). 2018, hand-coloured lithograph on cotton rag paper, 70 x 70 cm, numbered edition of 25
Edition 7/25 & 8/25 available - $1000 each - (1/25 is for exhibition, 4/25 NGA, 5/25 is mine)
Note this has just been printed, so I'll do my best to get the hand colouring similar.
Tank Man (Tienanmen Sq 1989) overlooks a bleeding landscape (Our Meat Country, Guo Jian/郭健 2017). The poppy flower surrounds.
The title refers to the 100 Years of Humiliation China suffered at the hands of colonial forces, such as during the British Opium Wars. This period founded modern communist China.
Guo Jian is a dear friend and we spoke at length during the making of this piece. Read about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guo_Jian
I dreamt that Tank Man survived, that he lived a good and happy life and that he stands in the Chinese mountains watching over us.
King & Queen (after Don Dale). 2016, 24ct gilt lithograph on cotton rag paper, 70 x 70 cm, colour-state numbered edition of 25
23/25 available - $900 each as printed, $1000 with gold leaf (as pictured).
Queen Elizabeth II poses atop the throne (Coronation photo, Cecil Beaton, 1953) in full regalia, surveying the nation from beneath a Don Dale spit-mask (Don Dale Detention Centre, 2016). Beyond her in the grand romantic vista sits a solitary Modernist sculpture, 'Black Sun' by Inga King (1975).
King was a refugee of Nazi Europe who found love and a home in the foreign landscape of Australia, and until her death aged 100 in 2016 was a subject, like all Australians, of an often blind and indifferent Crown.
This plate has been shot
Colossus (after Goya). 2017, hand coloured lithograph on cotton rag paper, 70 x 70 cm, numbered edition of 25
$1800 retail - 14/25, 15/25 available - $900 each
Goya's Giant (1818) turns his head as if disturbed from thought. He sits naked within a distant landscape since lost to catastrophic environmental change (The White Terraces, Blomfield 1884, NZ). The things that shape us, our childhood and the world in which we are born, they are fragile things that so often we fail to value until they are lost to us. This is a deeply personal work (I am Goya's giant) about loss and the world that I left behind.
I have other stuff.
Direct bank transfer or COD. Return if unhappy. I can't help with framing. Please message me with questions, either instagram or facebook or email. Not big on the phone but it's 0418489586. Good at sms.
Please share only with closest friends/collectors. It would damage me for art-dealers or the broader public to see that I'm a genuine broke artist.
Robert Hague - NAB - BSB: 083091 Account: 187169243
60 Mirls St, Newport VIC, 3015. 0418489586. firstname.lastname@example.org