Lunatics & Legends - Playing Card Limited Edition 5AP

Mark Davies British Artist

  • I first introduced ‘Lunatics and Legends’ in 2020 as an exciting alternative to my intense, narrative-driven scene pieces. A much more blatant, ‘in your face’ abstract style of mixed media work that was all about the texture and embraced my blurred ‘push and pull’ method of creating a digital image.   

    I had used the style long before this for much more niche subjects, so it was great to go to town on big superheroes and twisted villains. Despite these pieces not relying on a multi-layered narrative to solve what you see, there is still that element to them where the lines between who is the hero and who is the villain are as blurred as parts of the image itself.

    A lot has happened in the past couple of years, and I am so pleased to see the success of this style of work whilst I have been busy conceiving and delivering exciting and engaging new formats to showcase my art. One of those has been the incredibly popular and versatile VHS edition, largely due to the compact size and the level of hand embellishing that all come together to create something truly special. The Story Book editions evolved from this earlier this year and through being sized and framed the same, can be displayed side by side with the VHS editions.

    So, for something new and another pun, I’ve been keeping my cards close to my chest recently, teasing you lot on what I had ready to reveal. Well, it’s time to show my hand, I am proud to introduce the playing card editions! Featuring four float-mounted cards that each display either a hero or villain, who is which depends on you.

    Each card is hand finished to appear aged and scuffed, with the occasional splatter of blood (not actual blood!) thrown over them. The backboard is heavily embellished with paints, with each one being different. The frame features a charred gold inlay that is starting to crumble away to reinforce the darkness that runs through the characters, reminiscent of the battles that they fight or force. I was pretty confident that this format would work beautifully, and I think I may just have laid down the ace card.

    So, what do you think? Suit you?!

    1. Released: 2022
    2. Collection: Retrospective 4
    3. Edition Size: 20 + 5AP
    4. Specification:
      - Hand embellished
      - Floated playing cards and double mount
      - Custom spray-painted frame
      - Hand signed by artist
    5. Image Size: 8.3” x 11.7"
    6. Framed Size (Approx): 13.5” x 16.75”
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    2. Available for immediate despatch or collection 




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