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Award

  • 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)
    Martello Press in Association with Henry Peacock and Gimpel Fils (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Digital ink-jet print on cotton rag paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.232-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 4

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.’

This print is an enlarged version of one of those in the portfolio, which is also in the V&A collection (Museum no. E.231:1-22-2005).

Physical description

Digital print of scanned war medal and ribbon. Ribbon, which appears to be printed with stars and stripes of the USA flag, distressed by shredding, fraying etc. Medal replaced with an image of one of the 'hoods' worn by prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

2004 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Digital ink-jet print on cotton rag paper

Marks and inscriptions

signed and dated at bottom right margin Peter Kennard Cat Picton Phillipps and inscribed with number (4), date 2004 and edition no 2.10

Dimensions

Height: 109.8 cm printed surface, Width: 82.9 cm printed surface, Height: 111.8 cm sheet, Width: 88.2 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Digital inkjet print, No.4 from the suite of 15 prints titled 'Award'. Large Scale version, by Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillipps, United Kingdom, 2004.

Production Note

Attribution note: This suite was produced as a boxed set as well as in this format as individual prints

Materials

Paper: Hahnemuhle cotton rag; Printing ink

Techniques

Digital inkjet printing

Subjects depicted

War; Prisoners

Categories

Coins & Medals; Islam

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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