Monsieur Salamander (yellow), 2000
This etching with chine colle was printed with Pete Kosowicz of Hope (Sufferance) and Thumbprint Editions. In his conversation with writer and curator Andrew Lambirth, Stephen Chambers explained the recurring suspended figures in his work: “they’re whittled down, so that whatever is suspending them or supporting them is emptied out. The pose originally comes from a photograph taken in a cholera epidemic in Bangladesh, and also from paintings of The Entombment by Dirk Bouts and Rogier van der Weyden.” Observing the private dimension of the old masters’ work, Chambers suggested there is “a silent dialogue between the figure painted and the person looking at it. There is a significant bit in my work which is to do with soliciting an enquiry, with allure, come-hither." The title refers to the amphibian’s pattern on the human figure. From this plate the artist created a version of Monsieur Salamander in yellow, with turquoise background.
Etching with chine colle
50 x 55 cm 19 3/4 x 21 3/4 in
Edition of 20
Stephen Chambers, Monsieur Salamander (yellow), 2000