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[HAVING A STROKE..] - David Robilliard

[HAVING A STROKE..] - David Robilliard

£200.00
ROBILLIARD, David.
[HAVING A STROKE..]
Original artist postcard work. B&w text on card [105 x 145mm] printed to one side only. Marked as 'AP' artist proof in a limited edition of 300 copies only. Signed by the artist in red pen. [London]: Birch & Conran Fine Art, 1988.

A postcard edition by artist David Robilliard (1952-1988) featuring three of his characteristic bittersweet poems. This series was published by Birch & Conran as A Box of Poems following the release of Robilliard's second volume of poetry Swallowing Helmets in 1987. Robilliard first initiated the postcards as a piece of mail art printed in letterpress by art dealer Paul Conran and sent out to a small group of friends.

This postcard series was released in 1988, the year of the artists' death at age 36, as a result of HIV/ AIDS. While Robilliard would move into painting canvases that he called 'poem paintings' the use of witty, instinctive texts continues in a painted form. Robilliard's initials or signature, as seen here in the postcard edition, would also become an integral part of his painted artworks.

The texts on this postcard reads:

HAVING A STROKE
Words can mean so much
for example
the expression 'having a stroke'

YOUR EYE'S
Always try to squeeze the parts
they are no longer interested in

A MOTH GOT STONED
And 'phoned it's mother
said you're a leading light
I'm going out with your lover

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