Beautiful Lips*: Portrait of Alison Steadman as Beverly from Mike Leigh's iconic 70's tragi-comic play Abigail's Party.
The artwork is set against a luvverly 1970's hessian texture as an homage to the infamous Vladimir Tretchikoff painting of the 'Chinese Girl' often popularly known as the Green/Blue Lady. The Mona Lisa of Kitsch.
Available as the classic hessian background or as four alternative versions with 1970's typeface quotes (see below):
Top Up Sue?
These Gallery Editions are hand-signed by the artist personally (on the front) and include a unique Certificate of Authenticity.
Artist: Czar Catstick & The Emperor's New Clothes Collective**
Type: Fine-Art Print
Materials: 100% Cotton Paper
Paper Type: Hahnemühle German Etching
Paper Size: Approx 26x23 inches
Image size: 20x20 inch (approx)
Gallery Editions of only 10
This artwork is sold unframed
Includes Certificate of Authenticity
Artwork will be shipped rolled in a secure tube.
*Beverly: Now I can see what you've done, Ange - you've just sat down and put on your lipstick. Next time, will you try this for me? Just sit down, relax, and say to yourself "I have very beautiful lips" and I tell you, Ange, you're gonna see the difference! All right?!
Abigail's Party is a play for stage and television devised and directed in 1977 by Mike Leigh. It is a suburban situation comedy of manners, and a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain in the 1970s. The play developed in lengthy improvisations during which Mike Leigh explored the characters with the actors, but did not always reveal the incidents that would occur during the play. The production opened in April 1977 at the Hampstead Theatre, and returned after its initial run in the summer of 1977, 104 performances in all. A recording was arranged at the BBC as a Play for Today, produced by Margaret Matheson for BBC Scotland and transmitted in November 1977
Plot: The terrain is 'the London side of Essex', 'theoretical Romford' according to Leigh. Beverly Moss invites her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, who moved into the road just two weeks ago, over for drinks. She has also invited her neighbour Susan (Sue), divorced for three years, whose fifteen-year-old daughter Abigail is holding a party at home. Beverly's husband Laurence comes home late from work, just before the guests arrive. The gathering starts off in a stiff, insensitive, British middle class way as the virtual strangers tentatively gather, until Beverly and Laurence start sniping at each other. As Beverly serves more drinks and the alcohol takes effect, Beverly flirts more and more overtly with Tony, as Laurence sits impotently by. After a tirade about art, Laurence suffers a fatal heart attack. Within this simple framework, all of the obsessions, prejudices, fears and petty competitiveness of the protagonists are ruthlessly exposed.
Have you ever tried pilchard curry?.. Oh, that's a very economical dish.
Just sit down in front of your mirror, look at yourself, relax, and just say... I've got very beautiful lips.
Anyone for Demis Roussos?
Top Up Sue?
**Stewart works as 'The Emperor's New Clothes Collective' under various artist alter-egos including Czar Catstick, Jack Smith, Hertz Van Wental, Reverend Chicken McPoodle and Baxter Cane.