Whilst Theresa May continues to fuck it up and whilst people argue over a hard Brexit or a soft Brexit (oh – do fuck off), my yearly seasonal purchases from the ever-insightful Stanley Donwood have arrived, just in time to grace the walls for visitors:
For those of you that are not aware of Donwood's work, he is most famous for producing much of the album artwork for the band Radiohead, as well as occasional letterpress items to promote the Glastonbury Festival. Some would say he's an acquired taste.
I normally acquire a print or two from Donwood's print shop at Christmas time, when he opens it up as the mas Boutique. The two pieces I acquired from him this year are British Exit (190 x 270mm 3-colour screenprint on Somerset Satin, edition of 140) and Cook's Blue #237 (340 x 440mm 2-colour screenprint on Somerset Satin, edition of 90). I acquired a 'Middleton Pink' version of the latter work from Donwood last year (the pieces are based on the colours of the Farrow & Ball paint palette):
I think the text comes up much better in Cook's Blue, but that might just be me (image courtesy of Stanley Donwood):
As for the other piece; last year I went for a rather large number called Dark Estuary:
Dark Estuary is (I think) the largest Downwood screenprint in my collection. It had to be relegated to the front room, so this year I decided to go for something a bit smaller, hence British Exit (image courtesy of Stanley Donwood):
I always think it's funny when the artwork in a home reflects that of current affairs.