Black Palm Series- Black Palm
etching on wove paper
8 x 6″
Color aquatint and etching on Zerkall paper,
5×7 inches, full margins.
Signed and dated in pencil, lower right.
Proofed by the artist and Fritze Margull, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Printed by Fritze Margull, Berlin.
Published by Griffelkunst, Hamburg. From Black Palms. A superb impression with strong colors.According to the artist, the Black Palms series (see lots 401 and 402),
“Came about whilst working with the printer Fritze Margull. He came down to Port of Spain, Trinidad where I have set up house and studio. We built a small make shift studio in the corner of a large warehouse space–we had a small table top press that we used to proof the plates with. The images for the etchings for the most part are relatively new ones for me although I have made some drawings, and water colours using similar imagery. I am in the process of using the images to make larger scale paintings now. I have found that making etchings prior to making paintings is a useful way to familiarize myself with the subject and imagery,” (Griffelkunst website).
Doig notes that the compositions for many of the images were actually derived from a set of old postcards he’d bought in London showing various Indian scenes, which he in turn combined with his Trinidad experiences. In the case of Pelican,
“The figure dragging the dead pelican was dragging a fishing net in the Indian post card–I saw a man killing and dragging a pelican along a beach here [Trinidad]; dinner,” (Griffelkunst website).