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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is a giclee print by contemporary photographer and printmaker Mark Vessey. Printed onto fine art cotton rag paper, this high quality, C-Type Photographic Archival Print is from a limited edition of 50 and comes with a signed and numbered COA.The print depicts a row of Shakespeare plays and poems, their weatherbeaten spines revealing well-read and well-loved pasts: always judge a book by its cover. Mostly Penguin editions (though a Royal Shakespeare Company edition has snuck in, along with one or two other interlopers), Vessey captures the beauty of the vintage paperback: crumbling orange and white spines are surely the stuff of every book-lover’s fantasy.

Known for his photographs of vintage collections, from paperbacks to perfume bottles, Vessey has turned order into an aesthetic: suddenly neatness looks like a work of art. A must-have for the thespian, the vintage book collector, the compulsive tidier—and anyone with a sharp eye for the next big thing in contemporary printmaking.

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    Signed: Yes
    Medium: Giclee, Print
    Edition Type: Limited Edition
    Edition Size: 50
    Size (cm): 80 x 40
    SKU: 401633

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    About the artist

    The work of British photographic artist Mark Vessey is inspired by collections of everyday objects. 

    Driven by his own vintage magazine collection, Vessey photographs neatly arranged stacks of journals, LPs and even vodka bottles. Taken out of context, these collections assume new meanings in Vessey’s work, becoming single objects of aesthetic contemplation, rather than a series of separate items. 

    Vessey explains: “My work is about trying to establish a sense of order. There is comfort in collecting things, studying things that people take for granted, grouping every day objects into such a way that they become something special, seeing how they fit together to become a thing of great beauty.” 

    Vessey has collaborated with Brighton-based DJ, Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), immortalising his record collection through his distinctive photographic approach.