An artist, a writer and a movie director John Kenn Mortensen (b. 1978) is the 2012 winner of Pingprisen as the Best Danish Debut for his book ‘Post-It-Monsters’. A book that was done in vein of Edward Gorey and Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”.
His first novel ‘De utilpassede’ was published in 2014 and his new book ‘Turen Gennem Midnatsskoven’ should see the light before the end of 2015.
‘Fly on a stick’ is John Kenn Mortensen’s first work in printmaking. In producing the motives for the five copper plates John Kenn remained true to his artistic practice. He worked without preparatory sketches letting the motives “form themselves” though a concentrated work with the etching needle directly on the copper plates covered with wax ground. The motives of those etchings might scare the viewer at first but the fascination with John Kenn’s drawings distracts the viewer that gradually learns to know and love the harmless monsters.
John Kenn Mortensen – Fly on a Stick, 2014 – Line etching & chine-collé – Somerset 300 gr. – 38 x 27 cm – Edition of 12 – Series of 5
Printed & published by Printer’s Proof
Price per piece € 175 incl. Danish VAT fair market value
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