The ART of TAROT
The FOOLS JOURNEY
Welcome to my new 2021 creative project.
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
William Blake 1757 - 1827
WHY the TAROT?
I have loved and worked with the tarot for many years since I first found refuge and retreat in my local library. Most evenings between school and home I would pour over books of all sorts, including the tarot, fascinated by the pictures and wondering what all the many parts meant within the images.
My main attraction to the cards has always been the very nature of the pack, it's sculptural look, the tactile quality, human touch, the slip and slide of the surface, the very number of them, and of course the colours and imagery itself.
The archetypal presences also draw me in as I am interested in Jungian psychology and his understanding of the meanings of images as a collective font of subconscious knowledge and arcane teachings.
The strength that these images continue to hold and their increasing use in products, media and personal use gathers momentum every year as we all look for signs and signifiers to help navigate through an increasingly complicated and often alienating world.
When Covid arrived, along with so many others, my sales and of work almost ceased entirely and also, like many I found myself adapting to a 'new normal', whatever that means! I found I had more time but little money or space.
My initial idea was for the work to be my homage to Artist Pamela Coleman Smith who's creative skill and interpretation of Arthur Waite's ideas, made the RWS pack what it has become today.....the most popular tarot pack in the world.
But I feel that something more is needed, something that reflects and represents the more complicated nature of our reality today and presents the cards in a contemporary context. Still holding the time honoured archetypes close, but portraying them in a more relevant, beguiling and compelling way?
The STARTING PLACE
I started out using the pack as a close reference with the idea not to change the base colours, (other than to show them more clearly as described in relevant texts) and to not alter the content of the images which would alter their meanings. My purpose was to amplify, finesse and compliment them by including greater detail, depth and precision.
My aim was to create a 'master' version of the cards without removing any of their integral parts and intent.
I made 12 artworks over the loooooong lockdowns and whilst making them I had a lot of time to think.....
....and I changed my mind, deciding that it was not enough for me as an artist to redo another artists designs but to start from the beginning and make my own pack following my own creativity, explorations and in that process gain a greater knowledge of the tarot, it's past, present and continuing future.
My original 12 paintings were made with Bombay Inks on H40 x W30 cm Ampersand Claybord. Both these materials are sublime to work with and after layer upon layer of painting they have a jewel, stained glass clarity to them.
I am intending to start my own first card soon (The Fool of course!) and in order to help this happen I have decided to open an instant digital store where many images of my work will be available to download and print for £10, the images shown below included.. I am hoping that if I can generate sales in this way, little but often it will help me to find time and fund the project to it's conclusion.
Why did I choose these particular cards to paint? I didn't! They chose me through the months of making. When I was ready to start a new one, I pulled a card and whichever it was I painted it.
If you join me on this journey we can complete the pack together? Over time I hope people will buy them as they appear, making a pack, one card at a time. I'd love the company!
I also intend to start using a blog and social media to document and talk about the making of The Art of Tarot. If you would like to follow me on this journey and to know when an update or new image is available, please subscribe on my contact page.
These are large image files at 300dpi which can print up to H 48 x W28cms H19 x W11 " so will fit fine inside most paper sizes and frames.
A link to the image will be sent immediately upon payment.
I can supply larger or custom sizes upon request, prices may differ, please get in touch.
Although you can print on to any paper, I recommend an archival fine art paper if you intend to use as an art print. An excellent choice would be Hahnemeuhle rag paper in a satin or Vellum finish.
Printing on paper between 200 and 300gms will work in most home printers and will give your print a firm place to fix.
The image is set at the ratio of a generic tarot card size apx H12 x 7cm H5 x W3" and keeps this ratio up to the largest size so there will always be a border to your print which you can crop as you wish. Please see image of print with border in store.
I have also included a few studio shots of my original drawings and some fun mockups of the prints framed at different sizes and in various situations.
Any problems with your download or any questions....just ask via chat on webpage or email
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