Peter Kennard has become Britain's foremost political artist and a leading practitioner of photomontage.
Paintings from the STOP series by Peter Kennard, 19681972
© The artist
- Oil & printers ink on canvas
- Various from 72.6 x 50.8 cm to 165.8 x 132 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £35,000 ( Total: £50,000)
- Acquired in:
- Gimpel Fils
His work specifically addresses the main political and social issues affecting the world from the late 1960s onwards. The nine early 'STOP' paintings were inspired by contemporary events, including the Paris student riots, the 'Prague Spring' and anti-Vietnam War protest, and reflect a critical period in the Cold War when British, western and communist societies sought to redefine the relationship between people and state. They mark not just the beginning of Kennard's interest in creating politically informed art, but remain an influence on his work in both the themes they address and their formal characteristics.