Lay Figure, c.1955, 2022
Colour inkjet on premium Somerset paper with hand-torn edges
Dimensions 42.5 x 30cm
Limited edition of 50
Comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity
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About the Edition
This print edition was commissioned on the occasion of the first institutional exhibition of Maeve Gilmore in 2022. While she found early success exhibiting in the 1930s and produced work throughout her life, Gilmore later committed herself to the work and career of her husband, the writer and poet Mervyn Peake who is best known for his Gormenghast series. Subsequently, very little of the artist’s work has ever been presented to contemporary audiences.
The exhibition at Studio Voltaire focuses on a precise collection of her depictions of domestic life, portraiture and play, as well as her distinctive compositional instincts. This print is based on an unseen sketch from Gilmore’s collection and is made in close collaboration with the Maeve Gilmore Family Estate.
About the Artist
Maeve Gilmore’s (b.1917–d.1983, London, UK) exhibiting career began in the late 1930s at the Wertheim and Redfern Galleries, following her enrolment at the Westminster School of Art. However, it is a trajectory that was gradually cut–short; initially by War, then by motherhood and later by the work and career of her husband, Mervyn Peake. Gilmore wrote a memoir of their life together which was published as A World Away in 1970, and gave a lot of her time to promoting, publishing and exhibiting Peake’s work.
Despite this Gilmore continued with her own artistic and literary projects, exhibiting at the Langton Gallery in 1979 and writing and publishing a number of short stories. In 1981 she published a children’s book Captain Eustace and the Magic Room: the characters of which were dolls made by Gilmore and their story was set in the family home 1 Drayton Gardens in Chelsea, which itself featured the murals that she painted throughout the house.
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