Stanley Donwood: Hollywood Dooom
Art in the Bar
Stanley Donwood’s practice veers from propagandist graphics to introspective illustrations and paintings. Hollywood Dooom depicts the renowned LA landscape being engulfed by fire, flood and meteor storm with the iconic Hollywood sign moments away from being submerged by the rising tides.
Inspired by the aesthetics of the woodcut illustrations found in the 15th century publication Nuremberg Chronicle, Donwood hand carves his doomsday scenarios into linoleum which is then hand burnished onto Japanese Kozo paper, a durable fibrous paper first developed in Japan over 1,300 years ago.
This recent body of work has developed from themes and subjects similar to Donwood’s 2006 work titled ‘London Views’, which began after being shaken by the Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed more than 229,000 lives. His original drawings evolved from being visual recordings of the destruction into reflections on the ecological consequences of contemporary lifestyle.
A selection of linocut prints from the Lost Angeles series and London Views series will accompany the main wall mural in the Art in the Bar space.
Stanley Donwood was born 1968 in Essex and now lives and works in Bath.Donwood gained recognition in 1994 when he began designing album art for Grammy-award winning band, Radiohead. His work has since been used for 15 singles, 9 EPs and various studio albums including The Bends, Kid A, OK Computer, and Hail to the Thief.
In addition to his work with Radiohead, Donwood has exhibited across Europe, Asia and the US. Recent Exhibitions include; ‘Lost Angeles’ Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, USA (2012); ‘Minotaur’ Old Vic Tunnels, London, UK, (2011) ‘RED MAZE’ Schunck, Heerlen, Holland (2010); ‘Palimpsest’ Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Rome, Italy, ‘OVER NORMAL’, Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco, USA (all 2010); ‘I LOVE THE MODERN WORLD’ Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Tokyo (2008)
Limited Edition Print
To coincide with his current exhibition, Hollywood Dooom, Stanley Donwood has produced an exclusive new print. ‘Upturn’ is an edition of 44 signed and stamped, 3 colour screenprints available only at Chapter.
"Despite the ongoing economic disasters engendered by the mendacious movements of the finance industry, we are informed that the appropriation by the wealthy of ever more of the world's resources is 'working’ and will lead us to a shining 'recovery'. To celebrate this upturn I present a small print of a different kind of upturn. an upturned car. Complete with a refugee."
Prints cost £44 and are available from the Chapter Box Office.
We are currently able to post to UK addresses for an extra charge of £7.50. Please call the Box Office on 029 2030 4400 to place your order.