Dream and Refuge

© the artist. Image credit: White Cube (Theo Christelis). Courtesy of the Jerwood Collection

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This work shows a woman asleep, wrapped in a printed cloth, and was created with the displaced and the homeless in mind. Rather than presenting the woman as an object of pity, however, Michael Armitage shows her as an individual with a rich interior world, represented by the imagery crowding the outside of the picture space. This dreamscape includes falling figures and the star found on the prow of a sailing dhow that bestows good luck on those who travel, while in the print of her wrap, we find the hornbill from a creation myth associated with motherhood, loss and creation.

This work was created at The Curwen Studio in London and is built up through seven separate coloured impressions. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the non-profit organisation Gasworks/ Triangle Network to benefit three charities in Kenya: Beyond Zero, Ghetto Classics and The Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI).

Dream and Refuge




seven colour lithograph on Somerset warm white velvet 400gsm paper


H 48.8 x W 23.5 cm

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