This print is part of a series of Jack Clayton that is inspired by the primitive art he encountered whilst living in Kakadu in the Northern Territory of Australia. Using the natural pattern found in the grain structure of the wood to split and deform the faces in order to illustrate division. THese have been drawn completely intuitively without erasing any lines which are the way the indigenous people of Australia kept the soul of the image intact.
Limited edition of 9
Handprinted 3 layer reduction woodcut on high-quality Canson paper.
Signed by the artist.
Dimensions: 28x40 cm
Split Character by Jack Clayton
From the moment they are created, prints will start deteriorating if not properly stored or handled. They are very fragile objects due to the material they are printed on and also very sensitive to temperature changes, light and moisture.
Even when using papers of the highest archival quality (less subject to alteration than papers composed of cellulose fibers from plants), humidity and excessive dryness may put the print in jeopardy. This is because paper will absorb all the moisture found in the air and micro-organisms will attack the size and encourage the formation of mold. Foxing (rusty brown spots caused by micro-organisms which form iron impurities in the paper) and mildew, are the most common problems which any collector should learn to recognize in order to assure the proper care and safety of prints; examination of the work and diagnosis of the "health" of a print should be undertaken regularly.
A good picture frame not only complements your print but it will also protect it. Acid-free mats are used to prevent the glass from touching the surface of the print and these must be of archival quality.
Do not hang prints over radiators or air vents as heat changes can affect the print and can be responsible for the warping of the paper.
Avoid direct sunlight; prolonged exposure will cause the print to fade and the paper will yellow.
Prints should be hung with a slight forward tilt to leave space for air to circulate behind it.