Gordon House, 'Blue' 1961

Gordon House
Blue 1961
Screenprint on paper
image: 406 x 394 mm
Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975© Gordon House

Swansea-born Gordon House is an artist, painter, graphic designer and typesetter. In the 1960s he worked with friend Richard Hamilton on The Beatles’ White Album artwork, for which he did the typesetting of the song lyrics on the reverse of the sleeve.

Earlier in the same decade, the artist produced this screenprint on paper. Blue hues and square geometry draw us in and out of this piece as we bounce along invisible lines of the vanishing point.

The colour blue is often associated with spirituality, and here the artist has chosen to use three hues of blue. A central navy square invites us to look into a dark abyss and contemplate a sense of endlessness. We are brought back to reality by its brighter neighbours.