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A drawing depicts a large central face with ‘vapours’ of breath or vomit escaping from the mouth. There are other faces surrounding the central face, forming a pattern themselves. The forehead portion of the face is highly patterned and covered in mirrored patterns just as make-up would usually be symmetrically applied. Perhaps the patterns are also alluding to the inner workings of the mind or brain. Another partially obscured face to the top left is covered with patterns, and is rather like a heavily tattooed face – it is somewhat tribal and strikingly evocative.

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ink on paper


H 50 x W 60 cm (E)

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gifted by son Lawrence Gill, 1963

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