JOHN DONNE


I used to play records when I was working. I happened onto this recording by Christopher Hassall, the English actor, of Donne on one side and Wordsworth on the other. As I listened, those poems literally began taking over my hand, and I began to draw those very romantic, although also somewhat macabre, wash drawings. I began making images to match the poems.


Hearing that marvelous voice, one would understand why I was moved to do the work. It was the music of it, the performance of it, and of course that marvelous combination of courtly and vernacular language. I didn't notice the religious connotations, because his sentiment was so physical.


I was vulnerable to these sonnets because of personal and family travails: my grandmother, mother, daughter and closest friend were all part of this grinding daily responsibility. So these moody drawings, which everybody loved so much, were triggered by anguish as well as love.


 


 




The Sunne Rising


YEAR: 1958 SIZE: 15 X 22 SIGNED: LL W/IN IMAGE TITLED: COVER E'preuve en cas
de malhaus ON RIVES BFK, ARTIST AND PRINTER'S CHOP


A scattering of sand under a mist of tusche via airbrushwas used to depict the halo surrounding the couple. The image refers to the same verse Wayne used for  "Shine here to Us and Thou Art Every Where"



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