Award

Print
2004 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Digital ink-jet print on cotton rag paper
Brief Description
Digital inkjet print, No.12 from the suite of 15 prints titled 'Award'. Large Scale version by Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillipps, United Kingdom, 2004.
Physical Description
Digital print of scanned war medal and ribbon. Ribbon of stars and stripes practically wiped out across page ( diagonal sweep) and marks in red across the lower part look like caterpillar tank tracks.
Dimensions
  • Printed surface height: 109.8cm
  • Printed surface width: 82.9cm
  • Sheet height: 111.8cm
  • Sheet width: 88.2cm
Production typeLimited edition
Copy Number
2/10
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Peter Kennard Cat Picton Phillipps' (Signed at bottom right margin)
  • '12', '2004' and '2.10' (Inscribed with number, date and edition number at bottom right margin)
Credit line
Given by the artists
Production
Attribution note: This suite was produced as a boxed set as well as in this format as individual prints.
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
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).
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
E.233-2005

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record createdDecember 27, 2005
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