William Joseph Kentridge (South African, born 1955)
'Iris II' signed 'W Kentridge' (lower right) and numbered 48/50 (lower left) archival pigment print 156 x 110cm (61 7/16 x 43 5/16in).
Secured by a clamp for close observation, this single iris has been accorded the concentrated attention of a master draughtsman and printmaker. Though often closely identified with his rougher, more gestural charcoal drawings, Kentridge here explores the etching medium's receptiveness to fine detail in the scalloped petals and subtly shifting hues of the flower. The artist has spoken extensively about the centrality of printmaking in his oeuvre, and the pleasure he finds in etching particularly.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: R. Malbert, 'William Kentridge: Printmaker', in A Universal Archive: Kentridge as Printmaker, exhibition catalogue, (London, 2012) p. 13