An echo of his iconic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ series, Charles Blackman’s ‘Drink Me Butterfly’ is a mind-bending work. In it, a shrinking Alice sinks between ladders that appear as wings. This is an image of wicked wit, at once an homage to Alice’s tumble through Wonderland and an expression of the disorientation innate to life. The allusion to a butterfly - a favourite symbol of Blackman’s - also recalls change. Like Alice journey’s, we are all in states of metamorphosis, some easier than others.
Blackman stands among Australia’s most beloved and collectable artists. With a career as distinct as it is diverse, his work is acclaimed for its deep understanding of the human condition. For collectors of Blackman and modern art, and fans of Alice in Wonderland, ‘Drink Me Butterfly’ is an intoxicating work. Go on, take a sip.
Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Drink Me Butterfly' 1987
ink on paper
Image Size: 31 x 41 cm
Dimensions: 45 x 55 x 2 cm
Signed: BLACKMAN and inscribed DRINK Me Butterfly 11.8.87
Availability: in stock
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2020
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