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Murray WALKER

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia born 1937

  • England 1960-62

Jazzman and stripper. 1975 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper linocut, printed in colour inks, from multiple blocks Support: thick white wove Fabriano paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: lower left edge, 'C.M.FABRIANO - 100/100 COTONE'.
Edition State: Editioned state
Impression: 4/25
Edition: Edition of 25, plus 5 proofs

Edition Notes: Artists comment: 'Jazzman and stripper' - a four-colour linocut forms part of a graphic and painted series I worked on during 1972-76. The images were visual exploitations of the distinctive sub-culture of twilight industries - the sleazy world of 'down town flesh sports.' The edition of 25 and 5 proofs was printed on Fabriano 100/100 Cotone paper at William Caulfield's printery in Melbourne, on an old, hand-fed American Wharfdale stop cylinder, flat-bed letterpress machine. I learnt much during my collaboration with the 'commercial - non-fine art' printers who had in previous years, editioned linocuts for Eric Thake and Noel Counihan. I used Picasso's elimination method to cut and print from one block - it is a hazardous, yet exiting method. Although my lines and shapes differ in lino to etching, lino does have an expressive edge which, together with the subtle leather-like satin sheen of accumulated oil-based inks, more than compenates for the freedom of line associated with expressive etchings. Linocutting, apart from school and recreational craft use, is a somewhat neglected medium today. However, I must begin some more soon, for it is a medium that perfectly suits the intent of my vision.' From Art & Australia, vol. 19, no. 3, Autumn 1982, p. 276
Primary Insc: Signed and dated lower right below printed image in black pencil, 'Murray Walker 75'. Titled lower centre below printed image in black pencil, ' 'Jazzman and Stripper' '. Inscribed with edition details, lower left below printed image in black pencil, '4/25'.
Secondary Insc: Inscribed, verso lower right side edge in black pencil '3.75'.
Dimensions: printed image 53.4 h x 31.8 w cm sheet 69.0 h x 52.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2008
Accession No: NGA 2008.703.123
Image rights: © Murray Walker
Provenance:
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from the artist, Melbourne, 2008