New monotypes by Phillip King PPRA at Flowers Cork Street
Phillip King PPRA, 'Hold it son', 2010. Monotype, 75.5 x 57 cm Past President of the Royal Academy Phillip King
has been known for his sculpture – big, abstract, colourful work – since the sixties. You can see his work in lots of places: the Sidgwick site on the Cambridge University campus and Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood have permanent displays and Gloucester Cathedral shows a piece this autumn, but what he has on display at Flowers Cork Street
is completely different from what you can see elsewhere.
Monotypes are King’s newest departure. His bright, sculptural shapes are translated with natural spontaneity into print form. The marks are made by brushes and with his fingers and there are ‘splodgier’ bits that emerge during the creative process: ‘I like the element of chance,’ King remarks.
King was introduced to printmaking in a kibbutz in Israel six months ago. Seduced by the immediacy of monotypes, he has since been hard at work in the Royal Academy Schools studios. You can see the results (along with two sculptures) at Flowers Gallery until 7 August 2010.
In the short film below, King explains what he most enjoys about the printmaking process and the riot of colour it unleashes: