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Clive Barker (British, b.1940)
LOT ID: 64702
Dennis the Menace, 1999

10 х 4 in. (25.4 x 10.16 cm.)
Signed, signed and editioned under the base
Print/Casting Year 1999
Edition 2/9
Lot description
Clive Barker is considered the most important sculptor of the British Pop Art Movement. Known for his witty chrome and bronze renditions of household objects and pop-culture icons, Barker was one of the few sixties British Pop artists to work primarily with sculpture. Barker’s love affair with highly polished metals started in 1964 with his iconic "Two Palettes for Jim Dine". For over 40 years he has worked in chrome plated bronze, polished aluminium and bronze. As a protégé of the legendary art dealer Robert Fraser, and Erica Brausen of the Hanover Gallery, Barker was at the heart of the British Pop Art Movement in 1960’s swinging London. Over the years, Barker has remained true to the essence of Pop Art and his latest works continue to investigate the fundamentals of both traditional and Modernist sculpture, in particular Marcel Duchamp’s concept of the ready-made.

The work being offered for sale is a whimsical depiction of the British anti hero Dennis the Menace which is the longest running comic strip in the British children's comic The Beano and first appeared on 17th March 1951. Dennis is the archetypal badly-behaved schoolboy. The main recurring storyline throughout the years features his campaign of terror against a gang of 'softies' (effeminate, well-behaved boys), particularly Walter. Walter finds himself in unfavourable circumstances on many occasions, although he sometimes gets the "last laugh".

As with Andy Capp, the artist's fascination with Dennis the Menace springs from the character's iconic position in British culture.

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