Limited edition blanket
100% Geelong Lambswool, Made in Scotland
155 x 130 cm
Edition of 80
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About the edition
A new limited edition lambswool blanket by Brian Calvin, exclusively for House of Voltaire.
Bohemians, beauties and burnouts – Calvin is known for his figurative paintings of a typically Californian crowd. Painted in bright, sun-drenched hues with an almost cartoonish quality, Calvin’s figures are shaped by pop cultural references. Although necessarily flat, the images are not easy: the artist includes skewed crops and unknowable narratives in each composition, the result is a painting at once familiar and strange. For his first ever artist’s blanket edition, Calvin has produced an original work that focuses on the mouth, a pervasive motif within his oeuvre.
Each blanket is made by master Scottish craftspeople with a rich heritage of knitwear and textile production using completely natural materials. The double-sided knitting style achieves a design rich finish. The front face of the blanket showcases the artwork, whilst a birdseye pattern driven by the knitting style is achieved on the underside. Each blanket has a noticeably soft handle and luxurious feel.
All our artist’s blankets are machine washable.
About the artist
Born in California, USA in 1969, Calvin has a BA from University of California, Berkeley and an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently lives and works in California, USA. Recent solo exhibitions and group presentations include: Almine Rech, China (2020); 'Fugue', Almine Rech, France (2019): `Pressing On', Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL (2018): `Cosi fan tutte', Gallery Met, Metropolitan Opera, New York, USA (2018); Brain Calvin, Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2017); Implosion 20, Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2016); Brian Calvin and Margot Bergman Early Works, Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2016). Recent publications include Brian Calvin, published on the occasion of the exhibition Brian Calvin, Anton Kern Gallery (2014).
Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.
We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.
The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.