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Award Made During the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq 2003 to Now.

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kennard, Peter Lawrence, born 1949 (artist)
    Picton Phillipps, Cat, born 1972 (artist)
    Kennard, Peter Lawrence, born 1949 (printer)
    Picton Phillipps, Cat, born 1972 (printer)
    Martello Press in Association with Henry Peacock and Gimpel Fils (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour ink-jet digital prints on cotton rag paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.231:10-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 66A

Peter Kennard works predominantly with photomontage to create works that address the issues of poverty and the sale and deployment of armaments. His famous poster reproducing John Constable’s Haywain carrying nuclear missiles has become an icon of late 20th-century disarmament campaigning.

Since 2002 Kennard has also used Computer-Aided Design and, with the technological expertise of Cat Picton Phillipps, has produced a portfolio of 15 plates addressing the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its consequences. The images are scanned composites of old war medals purchased in Camden Market, London, their ribbons severely distressed by the artists.

In their introduction to the portfolio the artists wrote ‘We gritted the scanner, bled on it; threw torn-up rags, flags and ribbons on it; poured oil then stamped on the stuff, burnt it and spat on the lot…In some of the images we used photographs taken with great bravery by documentary photographers in Iraq. Their commitment to keeping us informed often showed us the extreme degradations that this war has brought upon the Iraqi people.’

Physical description

Print from portfolio of 15; plates show a ribboned war medal in various formations of distress. The ribbon is variously torn, shredded, obscured by dust or blood and the medal also obscured or replaced with images from the Iraqi War, such as the hooded heads of prisoners from Abu Ghraib, missile range finders, figure of the wounded or dead. etc. No.5: helicopter replaces medal.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

2004 (made)

Artist/maker

Kennard, Peter Lawrence, born 1949 (artist)
Picton Phillipps, Cat, born 1972 (artist)
Kennard, Peter Lawrence, born 1949 (printer)
Picton Phillipps, Cat, born 1972 (printer)
Martello Press in Association with Henry Peacock and Gimpel Fils (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour ink-jet digital prints on cotton rag paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Peter Kennard Cat Picton Phillipps'
Signed lower right in pencil

'2004'
Dated in pencil

'no.5'
Numbered in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 46.4 cm sheet, Width: 36 cm approx.

Descriptive line

Print no.5 from portfolio 'Award Made during the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq 2003 to Now' by Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillipps, published by Martello Press, UK, 2004.

Production Note

Attribution note: edition of 100 with three sets of artists' proofs

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Digital inkjet printing

Subjects depicted

Oppression; War; Power (economic); Medals; Power (political); Power (military)

Categories

Coins & Medals; Death; Islam; Politics

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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