Entertainment & Memorabilia, 25th June 2015, 12:00pm

Lot 250

Dave Gibbons

  • Dave Gibbons
  • Dave Gibbons
  • Dave Gibbons

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Lot 250

Description

Dave Gibbons, Comic Artist, One off diptych artwork entitled 'Whaat??' commissioned for the Image Duplicator exhibition in 2013 in London to coincide with the Lichtenstein exhibition at the Tate Modern, the art consists of two large format prints in two perspex box frames, both have been signed & dated on reverse, since the exhibition the piece has been on exhibition at the Cartoon Museum in London, the overall size measures 41 x 94 inches

Provenance: The art has been consigned directly by Dave Gibbons, and a letter will be provided to the successful purchaser. Dave Gibbons was the artist for The Watchmen & The Rogue Trooper character from 2000AD, Gibbons has also recently published Kingsman. A percentage of the sale will be donated to the Hero Initiative.

 

"A couple of years ago, the Tate Modern art gallery on Londons South Bank put on a major exhibition of Roy Lichtensteins work. I was invited to appear on a BBC TV programme about the exhibition, where I took the opportunity to speak out, as I had done in the past, about my dislike, on both aesthetic and ethical grounds, of the "appropriation" of comic strip images by "pop art".

 

The feeling amongst the comics community has always been pretty much unanimous: we feel patronised and we feel that several of our revered elders have been, frankly, robbed. To us, their creativity and skilled labour has been discounted by considering their work as being merely, in the jargon of the art world, "found" and they have received no credit or recompense for what amounts to celebrated and expensive copies of their creations.

 

However, it was Rian Hughes, another vociferous critic of the art establishment's attitude who, prompted by the TV show, came up with the brilliant idea of our comic community using its own medium to make public our disapproval. Under the title IMAGE DUPLICATOR, the response from creators was very heartening and we staged an exhibition of several dozen images in the gallery space at Orbital Comics in London.

 

For my part, I created a digital image, appropriated from a comic book panel originally created by Irv Novick, that I entitled "WHAAT?. This was printed and sold as a tabloid size poster. I also produced a unique, large size print of the image, split into two parts, mounted in clear acrylic and measuring some 41 x 94 (104 x 238 cm).

 

This gallery-scale print is now being offered for sale in a public auction. I have signed both parts and will provide documentary evidence of its authenticity.

 

All profits from the sale will be donated to the Hero Initiative, as were the proceeds from the earlier exhibition.

 

Your support would be greatly appreciated."

 

 

Dave Gibbons

June 2015

 

"A percentage of the sale will be donated to the Hero Initiative, a US registered charity, which provides a financial safety net for comics creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.

 

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

Hammer Price £2,400