Happy and Glorious

Piers Bourke

Platinum, 2022

collaged photographic paper and acrylic paint with diamond dust on board

framed in a UV Perspex display case

121 x 109 x 7 cm


To commemorate the Jubilee, artist Piers Bourke has created Platinum a new work in his series of unique, hand-finished prints inspired by the iconic image of the Queen's postage-stamp portrait.

The large-scale image is made up of myriad postage-stamp-sized squares, painstakingly cut and arranged by Bourke. Behind the process stands the nostalgic feeling of sticking a stamp on to an envelope and sending it off on its journey of communication.

In an age of the email and the text-message, the postage stamp carries a weight of historical nostalgia. The distinctive image of the Queen's profile is, of course, a symbol of both continuity and national pride, but Bourke infuses it with a sense of contemporary energy through his innovative fabrication process, his gestural painted additions, and his daring use of colour.

Piers Bourke

Platinum, 2022

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