Joe Tilson Oak Oracle 1980

Artwork details

Artist
Joe Tilson born 1928
Title
Oak Oracle
Date 1980
Medium Etching and mixed media on paper
Dimensions Image: 803 x 571 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1980
Reference
P05554
Not on display

Catalogue entry

P05554 OAK ORACLE 1980

Inscribed ‘Tilson 1980’ bottom right and ‘Printers Proof’
Etching, printed at Kelpra Studio, published by the Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Amsterdam in an edition of 75, 31 5/8×22 1/2 (80.2×57.2)
Presented by Rose and Chris Prater 1980

Also one of the ‘Proscinemi Oracles’ series. The repetition of the green oak leaves over the image in this print also relates to the ‘Mantras’, in which a word (‘Pool’, ‘Seed’ etc.) is repeated with a stencil over a large square image. The Greek word in red is ‘Dodona’ and appears again in ‘Proscinemi, Dodona, the Oracle of Zeus’ 1978. The photograph is of Tilson's hand on a stone marked with circles. Several prints in the series have these photographs, taken during the artist's visit to Greece. The eyelets are a device Tilson has often used in prints to underline the physical identity of the work.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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