A series of artist’s books comprising facsimile copies of 21st century postcards sent from places that 18th-19th century travellers might have visited on their “Grand Tour”.
The most recent volumes, from vol 16 onwards, use my "Concertina of Envelopes " structure, with poscards inside the envelopes.
The first fourteen volumes in the series (up to vol 15, but no vol 13) adopted the format of a “luggage tag” sleeve to store the postcards.
The volumes are shown below in descending order, so the most recent volume first.
A Contemporary Grand Tour – book XVII, Porto and Central Portugal
Facsimile copies of eight envelopes posted from eight different post boxes in Porto, the Douro Valley and Central Portugal. The envelopes have the artist’s address plus postage stamps.
Inside the eight envelopes are unused postcards with my photographs of Portuguese public sculpture, old & new, featuring books. Such “book” sculptures are common in Portugal, in contrast to the UK. Is Portugal more literary or “booky” than the UK?
Volume 17 in the “Contemporary Grand Tour” series uses the “linked envelope” structure first unveiled in Volume 16 – Lanzarote2017”.
A Contemporaty Grand Tour, vol 16 - Lanzarote2107
Documents a journey to the Canary Island of Lanzarote. While there, I posted ten envelopes back to myself in the UK from ten different post boxes over a ten day period
The new book comprises facsimile copies of the ten envelopes, with Spanish postage stamps and an additional “fake” Brexit Post stamp (featuring a Skidding Goat” motif originally found on a Persian pottery shard from 3000BC). The backs of the envelopes have a “Fly to Lanzarote” image dating from the early days of the first airport on Lanzarote & derived from a half century old tourist promotional poster. The postcards found in the envelope pockets have more tourist images of Lanzarote in the 1950s & 60s and an old map showing the locations of each image.
Linked envelope concertina structure that I believe I invented (nobody has yet told me otherwise)
116 x 152mm
(No volume 13 in the series)
A Contemporary Grand Tour, book XII, Gran Canaria
One more in my “Grand Tour” series. This edition charts a trip to Gran Canaria with original screenprints inspired by patterns found on “pintaderas”, clay or wooden stamps used by the pre-Hispanic natives of Gran Canaria and nearby islands. The original purpose of the stamps is uncertain.
Screenprints on Southbank 250gsm,
sleeve from mi-teintes 160gsm
size 18.5 x 11.2cm
A Contemporary Grand Tour, book XI, Santorini
This volume documents a journey round the Greek Aegean island of Santorini through original, hand-made prints inspired by images on Attic pottery from ancient Thira, dating from the 7th-5th centuries BC. Eight print editions using eight different printmaking techniques.
Original prints on Southbank 250gsm
18.6 x 11.0cm
A Contemporary Grand Tour, book VI, The Camargue
Eight postcards have fragments of an original cork relief print inspired by a modern stained-glass window in the 13th century church of Aigues-Mortes, a town that offers an entry point into the Camargue. The book celebrates an extraordinary walled town, built on a grid-plan by Louis IX of France in the mid 13th century as the embarkation port for the crusades of 1248 & 1270.
18.5 x 11.0cm
De luxe edition with original prints on ino shi 52gsm Japanese paper £65
Facsimile edition £30
A Contemporary Grand Tour, book IV, Lanzarote
This edition documents eight places in Lanzarote through original blind embossed prints of ring-pulls from drinks’ cans picked up at the relevant location. There is also a booklet with more conventional “tourist” information on these places.
Embossed postcards & " tag" sleeve on “mi-teintes” paper.
Booklet printed on 120gsm Somerset book paper
18.0 x 10.6cm.
A Contemporary Grand Tour, book II, Dubrovnik
Eight postcards from an imaginary exchange between the artist and Pheidias, widely held to be the greatest Classical Greek sculptor, who lived from about 480BC – 430BC. The eight postcards comprising the book are those from Pheidias, because, naturally, I no longer have my own postcards to him. The dialogue discusses changes in aesthetic appreciation over the past 2500 years.
Postcard images are photographs of Dubrovnik’s best sights.
Digital prints on JPP Simili Japon 225gsm
Size 18.5 x 11.0cm
28.09 | 17:52
Yes, the 2022 edition is on the What’s New page.
09.09 | 19:10
Are you doing a 2022 version?
10.12 | 09:26
Apologies for looking a bit vague yesterday at Ardvaak. It was good to see you again. We always seem to be away when you are exhibiting these days.I must look more closely at your web page to see wher
11.11 | 17:13
Lost Days 2019- see "What's New" page