Barry Flanagan (1941-2009) began to make prints in 1970. The artist has said that print-making represents for him a "traditional pursuit". His prints (and drawings) often have a very personal content and can be seen as akin to private memoranda. Sometimes used as gifts for friends, they record aspects of the artist's personal life. He first published prints with the Rowan Gallery in 1972, a year in which his print-making was prolific. Thereafter he published series of prints with Bernard Jacobson Gallery in 1976 and Waddington Graphics in 1983.Barry Flanagan and George Melly - 2 etchings printed on the same sheet. Framed and glazed.
This double portrait documents a sitting by British jazz and blues musician, critic, and art lover George Melly (1926-2007) for the artist Barry Flanagan. The piece is reputed to have come from Melly's personal collection.
An identical single print of "George" was donated to the Tate by Flanagan's former wife in 1985 and can be viewed by appointment at Tate Britain.
Valuation assistance from The Barry Flanagan Estate.
This print was donated to FARA Homewares in Whitton.