Peter Saville

Tea towel (II)


Screen print on cotton
Limited edition
49 x 78 cm

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About the product

Peter Saville has produced a series of tea towels with designs derived from food packaging print and construction markings, which he has been collecting since the mid 1980′s.  

About the artist

Peter Saville’s (b. 1955 Manchester, UK) images have permeated contemporary culture. As co-founder and art director of the legendary independent label Factory Records he was instrumental in bringing the tropes of high modernist culture to a mass audience who would never otherwise have engaged with avant-garde imagery. His radical designs, most notably for Joy Division and New Order, seemed to break all the rules, omitting information about artists or titles, fundamentally questioning modes of consumption and communication. Going on to work extensively in fashion and the cultural sector, he is credited with significantly affecting the interplay between art and design.

His recent work straddles design, art and culture and over the past decade Saville has played a leading strategic role in the economic regeneration and cultural renaissance of his home city Manchester - as well as advising the city on perception and communication, he is artistic advisor to the critically acclaimed Manchester International Festival.

His achievements were celebrated in The Peter Saville Show at the Design Museum in London in 2003, the exhibition then traveled to Tokyo and Manchester. His first major show in a contemporary art museum was at the Migros Museum in Zurich in 2005. In 2011 key archival works were featured in 'Postmodernism: Style and Subversion' at the V&A Museum London and also in their subsequent exhibition 'British Design: Innovation in the Modern Age', 2012.

Together with collaborator Anna Blessmann he has presented ‘Swing Project 1’ at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims and in 2012 ‘Swing Project 2’ at Galerie Neu, Berlin. In 2013 they participated in the Fiorucci Art Trust ‘Volcano Extravaganza’, Stromboli. In 2014 they exhibited ‘Swing Project 3’ at the Cabinet Gallery, London.

 Available monographs include ‘Designed by Peter Saville’ published by Frieze, 2003 and ‘Peter Saville Estate’ published by J.R.P Ringier, 2007.

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.