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Poster - 'Oil & Water Do Not Mix'

'Oil & Water Do Not Mix'

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed and printed)

  • Date:

    2010 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Burrill, Anthony (designed by)
    Happiness Brussels (commissioners)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen printed with oil

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 64, box B

Physical description

poster, screen printed with oil from the Gulf of Mexico on white paper, top half 'Oil & Water' in brown oil, bottom half 'Do Not Mix' in white, surrounded by brown oil.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed and printed)


2010 (made)


Burrill, Anthony (designed by)
Happiness Brussels (commissioners)

Materials and Techniques

Screen printed with oil

Marks and inscriptions




Height: 50.5 cm, Width: 79 cm

Object history note

Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, Anthony Burrill was approached by Tom Galle and Cecilia Azcarate, the creative team at the communications agency Happiness Brussels. Galle and Azcarate asked Burrill to design a poster using oil from the spill.
Azcarate and Galle travelled to Louisiana to take samples of the oil but found the beach sealed off by BP security. However, they managed to collect some buckets with sand saturated by crude oil which was subsequently brought to Purple Monkey Design, a commercial print shop in New Orleans, to be separated out into a useable printing material.
Burrill's poster design features a simple slogan: OIL & WATER DO NOT MIX. Azcarate, Galle, and Burrill launched a website through which the posters were sold, with all proceeds going toward the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL).

Descriptive line

'Oil & Water Do Not Mix' poster, screen printed with oil from the Gulf of Mexico, designed by Anthony Burrill, UK, 2010

Production Note

Edition of 200


Paper; Oil; Printing ink



Subjects depicted




Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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