P07947 Wall Print 1980
Offset lithograph 8 × 6 (203 × 152) on paper 11 7/8 × 10 5/8 (298 × 270), published by Jurgen Schweinebraden, East Berlin
Inscribed ‘Willats’ on the back and ‘Wall Print no.80’ and ‘12’ and ‘edition specially made for Jurgen Schweinebraden in East Berlin during June 1980. Edition distributed throughout Eastern Europe’
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1983
Steve Willats is not a printmaker and this work is unique in his oeuvre. It was produced at the request of the Schweinebraden Gallery in East Berlin and followed a successful exhibition of Willats's ‘Lurky Place’ project held there in 1981.
The images on the print are a pair from a series discovered and developed by Willats during his period on a DAAD Scholarship in Berlin. He found that children in tower blocks had drawn on the concrete areas around the base depictions of idealised homes and smiling children. He contrasted one of these images with a photograph of the tower block on which it was made…