Eddie Peake



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Eddie Peake born 1981
Screenprint on paper
Image: 760 × 600 mm
Presented by Carl Freedman Gallery / Counter Editions, London 2016


This work is from a portfolio of eight prints by British artists commissioned by Counter Editions, London to celebrate the participation of Team GB at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Since 1912, prints and posters have been commissioned by host cities and participating nations for each of the Games, creating celebratory and inspiring meetings of art and sport. The prints in this portfolio have been produced by different printing presses and in differing edition sizes and are by: Tracey Emin (True Love Always Wins 2016 [Tate P14444]; Anne Hardy (Reflection 2016 [Tate P14446]; Howard Hodgkin (The Road to Rio 2016 [Tate P14450]; Sarah Jones (Cabinet [Spiral]) 2016 [Tate P14447]); Eddie Peake (Sweat 2016 [Tate P14448]); Benjamin Senior (Stroke Tempo 2016 [Tate P14445]); David Shrigley (Life is Fantastic 2016 [Tate P14451]); and Sam Taylor-Johnson (Wanderer Above the Sea of Dreams 2016 [Tate P14449]). Also is Tate’s collection is a portfolio of prints produced to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012 (see Tate P14444P14451).

Sweat’s eye-popping fluorescent tones and vivid graphic style reference the acid-hued slogans of nineties rave culture. Peake’s prose poem ‘JOLTING BODY W. SWEATY SKIN / A SHEEN OF SWEAT, / IRIDESCENT IN / TWILIGHT’ ambiguously references both sex and athletics. This sensual ambiguity reflects his ongoing exploration of human bodies as both sculptural objects and personal subjects. The screenprint combines glossy blended colour with scrawling matte text created using pieces of masking tape, in a style reminiscent of Peake’s spray-painted works on steel. Each individual print in the edition varies slightly, with wider or narrower blends of colour, reflecting the hand-crafted nature of the screenprinting process.

Laura Smith
August 2016

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