Dennis Menaces the Art World

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The Daily Record, 2005

Dennis the Menace has made it big in the art world – as the star of his own
exhibition. The Beano favourite has been given the Andy Warhol treatment
by artist John Reynolds. John has created a series of giant screenprints,
which feature the schoolboy tearaway in his famous red and black stripey jumper.

John has secured the first licence to reproduce original Dennis the Menace images
taken from the Beano. They include the first cartoon strip in 1951, in which Dennis
wears a shirt and tie instead of his jumper. John said: ‘Dennis is a gift to the
printmaker – the horizontal red and black bars of his jumper, the exploding hair,
the simple outlines and the speech bubbles all make for dramatic pictures.’

The artworks are on display at the London Print Studio in west London until
July 2. Studio director John Phillips said: ‘Dennis the Menace is Britain’s
unofficial national mascot. It’s only fitting that he takes centre stage in
an art gallery

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