In this intricate etching, Hans Arkeveld crosses disparate ground. From human biology, to Christianity, Western Australian politics and the plight of refugees, Arkeveld constructs a complex interplay of forces.
Rather than didactic however, ‘H. B. 15 Political Lactavers and Refugees’ is delicate. Like a spider’s web, it thatches spiritual, scientific and political strands, contrasting man’s origin in the womb to his acts of dehumanisation. Nexuses of suffering - Christ’s sacrifice, colonisation and the dismissal of refugees - swell into symbols of the human experience. On the fetus, Arkeveld reflects that it;
“lives in a world with no up or down. No gravity, no hot or cold. Its form is perfect and complete. In a sense we spend our whole lives finding our way back to this state”.
Among Perth’s foremost artists, Arkeveld is a highly sought after artist. For more than thirty years, he has been an artist in residence at the School of Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth. He is represented in numerous public collections and in 2009, was awarded the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from Artsource, Western Australia’s leading visual arts body.
For collectors of etchings and those interested in the big questions of life, Arkeveld is a unique and fascinating find. If you're intrigued, act quick - this work is rare to market.
Hans ARKEVELD (1942 - )
'H. B. 15 Political Lactavers and Refugees' 1981
etching on paper
Edition of 60
Image Size: 45 x 32 cm
Dimensions: 75 x 57 cm
Signed: Lower right Hans Arkeveld, titled and dated
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition:Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
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