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Asterix says: Eh?

£ 40.00£ 74.00

Asterix says: Eh? in a puzzled moment – the speech bubble carries the classic expression of bemusement: ‘Eh?’, which needs no translation. It’s apparently the same in French as it is in English.

The ‘Eh?’ screenprint has a great expanse of yellow ink above Asterix’s face. I like colour, and I like what newspaper designers would call ‘creative white space’ albeit in this case ‘creative yellow space’, ie a blank area which is not just an absence of text or pictures but rather a space which allows the rest of the page room to breathe – it acts as an active component in the page’s/panel’s composition. In this case the space allows Asterix’s query to float upwards and to resonate.

The screenprinting medium is so good at flat colour – the method allows a lot of ink to transfer from the screen to the paper and keeps it very flat. I like to use a wide-mesh screen for this reason – so that there is a lot of ink on the paper, enriching the colour. It’s available in my medium size, ie 48cms x 38cms for £140 unframed or £190 framed.

The panels are taken from the Asterix books. I am currently the only screenprinter in Europe to have permission from French publisher Editions Albert Rene to use the firm’s archive of images for my work.

Asterix first appeared in 1959 and 35 books drawn by Albert Uderzo and written by Rene Goscinny were published until 2010, although new titles are now being issued with new writers and draftsmen.

The official website can be found here

Standard size: 26cms x 19cms

Medium size: 48cms x 38cms. Currently out of stock. Please email me at [email protected] if you’d like one.

Large size: 75cms x 56cms. Currently out of stock. Please email me at [email protected] if you’d like one. 

Handmade, limited edition screen print on mould-made, cotton paper.  

Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds

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