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Frank Martin Portrait of Chester Conklin 1967 Print Signed Woodcut
Portrait of Chester Conklin – 1967
Print – woodcut 12” x 9.5”
Edition: signed in pencil and numbered 43/100
A Max Sennett veteran, Chester Conklin first appeared as a Keystone Cop in 1913. He Later played with Chaplin and in Sunshine Comedies, continuing to work through the 1940s though his was essential a silent comedy style.
Most of Frank Martin’s output was commercial in a purposeful way. At a time when illustrative and decorative art in Britain flourished in publishing, journalism and advertising, he proudly called himself a jobbing artist and no one could deny the technical range of his accomplishments. It is a measure of his success that in the 1970s he held no fewer than 11 one-man shows. He was also one of the longest-serving illustrators for the Folio Society.
Martins work often had a playful quality. The sidelong glances, ripped bodices and cartoonish features (sometimes practically asking for speech bubbles) were all indications that he did not want to be taken solemnly. Naked girls were undoubtedly his favourite subjects, and he drew, painted, etched and engraved them repeatedly. He was a confident draughtsman, using strong shapes and swaggering lines full of movement. His images are straightforward, clear and affectionate
Availability: In stock (can be backordered)