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Small
Edition of 300

£45.00

20.32 x 30.48 cm paper size
18.18 x 27.55 cm image size

Medium
Edition of 30

£375.00

50 x 70 cm paper size
39.58 x 60 cm image size

Large
Edition of 3

£1,250.00

76.50 x 110 cm paper size
62.67 x 95 cm image size

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NB: This is a Giclee print on photo rag paper. All our prints come with a certificate signed by the artist and a unique edition number. The prints are produced with a white border around the photograph to allow for framing. We also have included some cotton gloves to protect the print during handling.

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Inspired by Bertold Brecht and B-horror movies Bill embarked on a portrait series of workers at the Potterton factory in Warwickshire. His interest lay in a portrayal of the anonymous factory worker who would represent the thousands of workers around the world all employed doing the same routine work in difficult conditions.

Uninterested in a direct reportage approach or in showing the individuality of the sitter, Bill was seduced by the clothing the workers had to wear. Weird shaped masks, long imposing gloves and leather aprons allowed Bill's surreal imagination to take hold and create comical but dark portraits of creatures from the deep and Jack the Ripper look-a-likes.

Bill wanted the series to be in colour, but rather than shoot on colour film, he instead chose to use black and white film and then hand coloured each individual print. For this collection of prints, Bill has scanned his original black and white negatives and using a wacom tablet and electronic pen replicated the manual painting process with a new hybrid approach that harnesses the consistency of digital with the purist sensibility of analogue.

In much the same way as a water-colourist applies layers of washes to build up tonal hues, Bill has applied a digital colour palette to create a look that is reminiscent of 1950s film stock.

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