“Narrative”

Black Dragon Press is proud to present Narrative, a monthly series of art prints lovingly curated by art director Nicolas Delort. Showcasing the most exciting young talents alongside the more established names, Narrative invites illustrators around the world to tell a story based around a loosely defined theme. How each artist chooses to illustrate their stories in their own style will form the creative basis for a series that celebrates original art to its fullest extent.

Each chapter will consist of 6 illustrations released over the course of 3 months and will be strictly limited to 100 prints, each including a signed certificate of authenticity, and printed on the highest quality paper by the UK’s best fine art printers.

For the opening salvo we asked the excellent Ashley McKenzie and Dadu Shin to start us off, naturally, where it all began...



Narrative Chapter I:

Let There Be Light — 1/3



“Haematopoietic Transpiration”
by Ashley McKenzie


Fine Art print on Hahnemühle German Etching (310gsm)
Size: 12" x 18"
Hand numbered. Edition of 100
Signed certificate of authenticity
£60
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I'm calling it “Haematopoietic Transpiration” after the scientific name for red blood cell production and the process by which water moves through plants.The piece is about finding beauty in the systems that make us what we are. — Ashley McKenzie





“Star Stuff”
by Dadu Shin


Fine Art print on Hahnemühle German Etching (310gsm)
Size: 20" x 15"
Hand numbered. Edition of 100
Signed certificate of authenticity
£60
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Carl Sagan once said “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff”. This is my interpretation of our star stuff origins. — Dadu Shin



CLASSICAL SERIES — 1/3
Goldberg Variations
by Nicolas Delort

Nicolas Delort's personal interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's “Goldberg Variations”. Story has it that Bach composed the Variations at the behest of one Count Kaiserling, who suffered terrible insomnia. The Count's assistant, Mr. Goldberg, was to play the Variations to help him fall asleep. And so, night after night, the Count would request Goldberg to play the Variations which, over time, came to be known as the Goldberg Variations.

Regular

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2-colours with varnish
Size: 18” x 27”
270gsm Mohawk Superfine White Eggshell paper
Hand numbered. Edition of 136
Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Printed by White Duck Screenprint
£50
Variant

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Metallic inks on ultra-black paper
Size: 18” x 27”
Fedrigoni Sirio Ultra Black 280gsm paper
Hand numbered. Edition of 50
Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Printed by White Duck Screenprint
£70

“I'm happy to present the first piece in a series I've long wanted to work on. Music and especially classical music have always been a big part of my life and I've always wanted to incorporate that into my art and I'm very grateful Black Dragon Press has given me the opportunity to do so. I hope you will like these personal interpretations of a few of my favorite musical compositions as much as I enjoyed making them!” — Nicolas Delort



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