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TRC Pot Kettle Black
TRC Pot Kettle Black
TRC Pot Kettle Black
TRC Pot Kettle Black


TRC Pot Kettle Black

£ 198.00 GBP

'The Rebel' (Shapeism Collection): Homage to the brilliant 1961 movie The Rebel* 

  • Type: Fine-Art Print
  • Medium: Giclée
  • Materials: 100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photorag
  • Digital Limited Editions - A Sizes
  • A4, A3 & A2 sized editions of 100
  • Image at approx. 85% paper size
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Include Certificates of Authenticity

NB Large Artwork will be shipped rolled in a secure tube.

Information on Framing

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    * The Rebel (1961) (US title: Call Me Genius) is a satirical comedy film. Starring the British comedian Tony Hancock

    Scriptwriters Ray Galton & Alan Simpson: "The best review we ever had wasn't from a critic. It was from an artist, Lucian Freud. He said that The Rebel was the greatest film ever made about modern art".

    The collection includes the rather beautiful 'Self-Portrait' Painting (could almost be a portrait of Czar Catstick himself or perhaps a "Self-Portrait of Laurel & Hardy"?), the sublime 'Ducks in Flight' and the iconic 'Foot (Twelve Inches)' - Who doesn't love 12 inches? - all part of the 'infantile' and 'shapeist' schools of art...the colours are also shapes.

    Plot: Hancock plays a downtrodden London office clerk who gives up his office job to pursue full-time his vocation as an artist. Single mindedly, and with an enthusiasm far exceeding any artistic talent (his 'art' has a 'childlike' quality - to put it mildly), he sets to work on his masterpiece Aphrodite at the Waterhole, moving to Paris where he expects his genius will be appreciated. While his 'ideas' and persona gain acceptance (indeed plaudits) among the "beat" set, legitimate art critics, like Sir Charles Broward (George Sanders), scoff at his work. He manages to achieve success, however, when the work of his former roommate, a genuinely talented painter, becomes confused with his own. The confusion is eventually resolved after a series of art exhibitions, and he returns, down but not out, to London, where he pursues his 'art' in defiance of whatever others may think of it.

    The film explores existentialist themes by mocking Parisian intellectual society and portraying the pretensions of the English middle class.

    The film also includes scenes parodying modern art. The scene showing Hancock splashing paint onto a canvas and riding a bike over it is a lampoon of the work of Action Painter, William Green while the childlike paintings of Hancock, referred to as the 'infantile school' or the 'shapeist school' parody the naive style.

    Paul Ashby: Art to me is more than inspiration, it's life itself... Every brush-stroke is torn out of my body... I'm seeking the volcanic turbulence of light and colour... I don't just paint a chair, I become the chair.
    Hancock: Your colours are the wrong shape.

    Mrs. Crevatte: What's this 'orrible thing?
    Hancock: That, is a self-portrait.
    Mrs. Crevatte: Who of?
    Hancock: Who do you think? Laurel and Hardy!!
    Hancock: But I’m an impressionist!
    Mrs Crevatte: Well, it don’t impress me!

    ** Stewart - Working as The Emperor's New Clothes Collective including Czar Catstick, Jack Smith, Hertz Van Wental and Baxter Cane

    More info on the SHAPEISM Collection

    Self-critical and plagued by alcohol and marital problems, Tony Hancock committed suicide by overdose in Australia on 25th June, 1968, aged 44, leaving a note saying: "Things seemed to go wrong too many times".

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