William Turnbull
Figures and Signs 1953, c.1954

Artwork details

William Turnbull 1922–2012
Figures and Signs
Date 1953, c.1954
Medium Monotype on printed paper
Dimensions Image: 515 x 400 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1990
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Display caption

This print is distinguished from the others by Turnbull in this display by the fact that it is printed on newspaper. As a result daily life intrudes on his image of two figures and a series of signs. The page in question incorporates a crossword, property advertisements and personal announcements. Like many of his contemporaries, Turnbull was steeped in the culture of popular imagery and magazines where unrelated images would collide randomly. Here Turnbull's juxtaposition of simple marks against mass-produced text may suggest a return to the origins of language.

August 2004

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