One-off giant Dennis the Menace face

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One-off giant Dennis the Menace face
My giant Dennis the Menace face is the biggest image I’ve ever printed, albeit in four parts.
I printed the image on canvas and Arches mould-made paper some years ago and this is the only one on paper – it’s for sale for £980 framed. It’s shown in the window of my recent exhibition in Clerkenwell, central London.
Each frame is 80cms x 60cms so the entire image when assembled is 1.6m high x 1.20 deep. The mouldings are wooden and each frame is faced with perspex.
Please contact me at jpr@thecomicartwebsite.com or phone me at 07980 844906 if you’re interested in owning this.
Dennis the Menace, the star of The Beano comic, first appeared in 1951. He has since become a kind of national mascot – what Asterix is to France, or Oor Wullie is to Scotland.
One glimpse of his red-and-white jersey – actually a football top – or his unruly hair immediately brings the impossible-but-lovable scamp to mind.
Dennis the Menace has gone through various phases since then, from the pocket-sized Satan of the 1950s, to the pugnacious youth of the 1960s and 1970s to the incorrigible imp of the 1990s.
In the early 1960s, he was joined by his Abyssinian wire-haired tripe house, Gnasher. Gnasher seems to be made of the same kind of thing as Dennis the Menace’s hair – the untamed explosion of black hair symbolic of the chaos they embody.
He is a gift to the screenprinter, from a graphic point of view, with his red-and-white sriped jersey and explosion of black hair.

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