Lead Belly is an anonymous contemporary artist whose work focuses primarily on presenting combinations of opposites to the observer, whether it be masculinity and femininity, aggression and passivity or love and hate.
My Boy Isaac is a prime example of Lead Belly's work. By representing two British boxers in the midst of battle, the image doctored to give them both boxing gloves made of flowers, Lead Belly contrasts the brutality of the boxing match with the fragility of the blooms.
Of the piece, the artist commented: "For me, as a graphic device, the image of a boxing match is the ultimate spectacle. It has grace, intelligence, compassion and understanding.'
This silkscreen print is from a limited edition of 25, signed by the artist.
Size (cm): 95 x 75
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 25
Size (cm): 95 x 75
Image Size (cm): 85 x 65
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About the artist
Despite our age of celebrity worship and shameless self-promotion, Lead Belly is one artist who has chosen to keep their identity a secret, opting to allow their artwork to exist independently from any attachment to a person.
Taking inspiration from Pop Art, Lead Belly edits vintage source material to create pieces which spark nostalgia, while presenting more modern ideas.
Lead Belly is fascinated with portraying combinations of complete opposites in their art. For example, pieces contrasting violence and peace or masculinity and femininity, using the opposites to convey ideas about love, race and gender that fall outside of stereotypical binary narratives.