Alix Mackenzie Cornish Fields 1951

Artwork details

Artist
Alix Mackenzie 1922–1962
Title
Cornish Fields
Date 1951
Medium Screenprint on paper
Dimensions Image: 153 x 193 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Warren MacKenzie 1986
Reference
P11098
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Alix MacKenzie 1922-1962

P11098 Cornish Fields 1951

Screenprint 153 x 193 (6 x 7 5/8) on wove paper 254 x 280 (10 x 11); printed by the artist in an edition of 20
Inscribed ‘By Alix MacKenzie | (not her signature)' in another hand below image b.r.
Presented by Warren MacKenzie 1986

The three prints, P11096, P11097 and P11098 were made in St Ives, a year after Alix and Warren MacKenzie moved to Cornwall from America. They were made for the Prints under £1 exhibition at Robin Nance's shop, St Ives in December 1951, for which Alix MacKenzie designed the poster (Tate Gallery Archives TAP 1078). The exhibition included work by Warren and Alix MacKenzie, John Wells, Patrick Hayman and Peter Lanyon (see entries for Warren MacKenzie P04942, P02943 and P02944).

These were the artist's first screenprints. She used a combination of glue and tusche screens and film-cut screens, sometimes altering them by hand after printing, in the case of P11096 with charcoal.

In a letter to the compiler postmarked 25 November 1987, Warren MacKenzie wrote: ‘Alix was always drawing from what she saw and the gull on porch [P11096] was the back steps up to the studio ... I think Alix just liked bird shapes'.

P11097 does not represent a particular person.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.409


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