Colin Self
Lonewolf 1981

Artwork details

Colin Self born 1941
Date 1981
Medium Relief print on paper
Dimensions Image: 704 x 500 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1983
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Catalogue entry

P07748 Lonewolf 1981

Block-print 27 3/4 × 19 3/4 (704 × 500) on black paper, printed by the artist
Inscribed ‘Colin Self’ bottom centre and ‘August 1981’ and ‘3/4’ and ‘The Lonewolf’
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1983

Three prints were made using the same stencil, through which white, silver and yellow paint was sprayed; each was different. ‘It was allegorical in a sense. It went like this. “Self” is from a Saxon name. Pre-Conquest Saewulf (ae) dipthong. Norman scribes got even this wrong (like today's bureaucracy). “Seolf” oe “Soelf”. I thought of using this as a name for doing my own postcards, publications etc. ... it sort of went over to “Lonewolf” - thinking it better.’

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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