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Richard VI, from the suite Richard Hamilton



Harold Cohen

England, United States of America

01 May 1928 – 27 Apr 2016

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  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    colour photo screenprint
    AP [edition of 40 plus proofs]
    65.2 x 73.6 cm image; 68.8 x 77.7 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l. sheet, pencil "...Harold Cohen 1967".

    Gift of Douglas Kagi 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Harold Cohen
    Artist information
    Harold Cohen

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  • About

    This suite of photographic screenprints, which depict British pop artist Richard Hamilton (1922–2011), explore how tone and colour affect visual perception. Harold Cohen created the prints using the halftone process, a printing technique of converting a photographic image into a series of dots to simulate the continuous tone range of the image. The more dots, the greater the image clarity; the larger the dots, the darker the printed area.

    Cohen used the same image of Hamilton for all eight prints. ‘Richard H’ (not present in the Art Gallery’s suite) is a straightforward black-and-white reproduction, while ‘Richard I–VII’ were each printed using three different colours: one colour for the background, one for the dot image and the third for the shadow. For example, ‘Richard I’ has a yellow background, magenta image and green shadow, ‘Richard V’ a magenta background, green image and black shadow. By playing with image resolution along with tone and colour, Cohen has created optical effects that challenge the viewers ability to interpret what they see.

Other works by Harold Cohen

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