Bruce McLean born 1944
P77055 Large Warhead1984
Screenprint 881 x 1241 (34 5/8 x 48 7/8) on wove paper, same size; printed by Michael Schönke, Berlin and published by Bernard Jacobson Gallery in an edition of 3
Inscribed ‘Bruce McLean' b.r. and ‘3/3' b.l.
Purchased from Bernard Jacobsob Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
P77055 is from an edition of only three screenprints though the same image was produced in several alternative editions using different colours. At the same time McLean also made a parallel edition, entitled ‘Small Warhead', which explored the same imagery in a smaller format.
The image is of three heads and a gun-boat printed in black against a blue coloured ground. One head, shown upright and full-face, is presented in much bolder outlines than the other images. Of the two secondary heads one is upside-down and one is placed on its side. They both smoke pipes and the ‘smoke' of the upside-down head's pipe merges with the heavy black outline of the foreground head's shoulder. The boat appears in the background, diagonally from right to left. An interplay between foreground and background is created by overlaying linear details so that, for example, the two mounted guns on the deck of the ship are seen through the foreground head…