Anish KAPOOR, Shadow V Enlarge 1 /1


India born 1954


  • working Great Britain from 1973

Shadow V 2013 Description: A series of 4 etchings
Place made: United Kingdom
Materials & Technique: prints, a set of four etchings Support: bright white, wove, machine mouldmade Hahnemühle paper
Edition: Edition of 39
Place Published: London
Date Published: 2013

Dimensions: each 72.4 h x 96.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Poynton Bequest 2014
Accession No: NGA 2014.3.1-4

Anish Kapoor is a major figure in contemporary British art. Born in Mumbai in 1954, he moved to Britain in 1973 and studied at the Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea School of Art Design. Kapoor now lives and works in London. As a mature artist he focuses on the exploration of form, light and colour in both sculpture and printmaking, and does so in seemingly endless variations.

Kapoor examines ideas about colour, reflection, light and space in the 2013 series Shadow V, which is a recent acquisition. The set consists of four variant colour etchings in rich blues and purples, which radiate light and colour as they metamorphose from brightness to darkness, seeming to pulse and glow. They appear to have almost infinite depth.

It was by accident that Kapoor and London printer, Peter Kosowicz, developed a technique that could create the visual vibrancy and seamless gradations of colour which Kapoor so desired. The printer prepared two half-tone plates which were somewhat similar in colour. Combined as one composition, the eye fuses the dots of colour, creating a shimmering effect. Paper when wet and pushed through a press can sometimes be distorted by stretching or contracting, and the moiré look is usually considered a technical fault. Kapoor, however, delighted in this accidental silken quality with its sparkling appearance and added it to the process.

Currently the artist continues to investigate this specially developed printing process as it enables him to achieve an almost magical sense of colour and tone.

Jane Kinsman Senior Curator, International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books

in artonview, issue 78, Winter 2014