#009 - Mike Perry
1 colour, hand pulled, screen print.
Hand finished painting on print (varies per print)
Signed and numbered by the artist.
50 x 70 cm, frame not included.
Although the capital of Belgium is Brussels, Antwerp will certainly stand its own. Located on the river Schelde, it has one of the biggest ports of Europe. Perhaps most famous is the diamond trade, where more then 70% of all diamonds in the world are traded. Although heavily scarred over the years, the medieval heart of the city is still intact with its many cobble stoned streets enriched with numerous bars and of course special locally brewed beers. Mike Perry discovered the city while walking around and enjoying the beautiful scenery in cafe's where he spend hours and hours on drawing in his sketchbook.
A little word from Mike
"Antwerp was filled with nice people, it was very quiet and peaceful. I'm always so happy when I end up somewhere where I don't know a soul and everyone is just nice. That's all I really want out of life, just nice people around. When I left New York it was end of August. It was hot and the city shuts down and is restless for the fall to begin. For me it was the perfect time to escape the end of a New York summer. I was actually stoked to be able to wear pants and a sweater when I got to Antwerp. My favorite part of my trip was the ability to wake up, order a coffee at a cafe and just sit for hours drawing away in my sketchbook. There were days where I was working for six hours straight on one page. I never get to do that back in New York.
I'm not sure why I thought it was a good idea to hand paint all the prints. Traveling with a pile of prints under your arm, trying to paint them and see the city at the same time, doesn't go hand in hand very well. I only got a few painted in Antwerp, and shipped the rest back to New York to properly paint them. Back in my studio I've used a little water color, a little ink and some fun markers. Really just having fun filling them with color. There is a bit of a narrative to the print. You see me and my dog standing at the edge of the world, being excited and looking out at what is beyond. To me that is what the essence of the Jaunt is, an opportunity to look over the edge and then wander over to see what is just beyond.”
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