Recoil

Hughie O'Donoghue

Recoil, of 1989, is Hughie O'Donoghue's only photogravure print. It relates to a series of paintings entitled Fires, and can be read as a recoiling snake with its mouth open. In each of the Fires paintings a serpent appears on the right-hand side of the painting. The photogravure process involved making a transfer drawing using a brush on a sheet of clear plastic, which was then transferred photographically onto two plates. The plates, one in black and the other in a mixture of green/silver and violet/sepia, were printed slightly out of registration to give a sense of  movement to the image.

This work was influenced by High School Desk, and Landing Place, two transfer lithographs by Willem de Kooning given to O'Donoghue at about this time by his dealer Fabian Carlsson.

Artist
Hughie O'Donoghue
Title
Recoil
Medium
Photogravure
Date
1989
Sheet
64.6 x 75.9 cm: 25 7/16 x 29 7/8 in.
Plate
42.5 x 38.0 cm: 16 3/4 x 14 15/16 in.
Edition
From the edition of 25, titled, numbered, signed and dated by the artist
Printer
Hope Sufferance Press, London
Publisher
Fabian Carlsson Gallery, London
Literature
PQ 11 (illustrated and described erroneously as a portrait format image)
Reference
CC15-03
Status
Available for sale

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