Andrew SprawsonÆnima

R1,500.00 – R2,300.00

Andrew Sprawson names all of his artwork after music, partially as a nod to his other life as a musician, but also, he says, “because it’s a shortcut to some predefined meaning”. At the same time, these are not simple odes to celebrated music, but rather a re-reading of well known lyrics through a candid visual language. A new series of linocut prints made in collaboration with offset culture at Artist Proof Studio in Newtown, interestingly reference two very different bands, and their allusion to narcotic encounters. However, rather than offering either a cautionary tale, or a self-indulgent exploration of substance abuse, he touches on these episodes allegorically.

Medium: Linocut print on Fabriano Rosaspina paper
Size: paper: 45 x 30.5 cm
Edition size: 4
Year: 2017

Signed by the artist.


SKU 036895-1-4-1-1-1-1-1-1 Category


More about the work

Ænima is named after Tool's album, and is a self-portrait of the artist during a period of time when things were falling apart for him personally. When this album came out, he was at university, studying Fine Art, and his funding fell through, leading to anxiety and triggering his epilepsy. What resonated with him at the time was Tool's appropriation of a quote by iconic satirist Bill Hicks – “Today a young man on acid realised that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather.” While some may view these words as a glib joke about drugs and addiction, Andrew removed the context, and they became a mantra that helped him alleviate his state of anxiety. This transition from panic to calm is suggested through simples lines, the ebb and flow of pulsating matter.

Andrew Sprawson

Andrew Sprawson was born and raised in Johannesburg and the inner city has always held a certain fascination for him. A predominantly self-trained artist, Andrew’s work tends to steer clear of convoluted discourse and a reliance on theoretical justification. Instead he endeavours to speak to his audience on an emotive level, drawing on nostalgia as a means of connecting with the viewer. Producing broadly accessible works, which positively affect the audience, is paramount to his artistic practice. He has taken part in a number of group shows, and was a top ten finalist in the ABSA L’Atelier competition as well as a finalist in SASOL New Signatures 2012. In 2013, Andrew was one of the six selected artists by the Ithuba Arts Fund to exhibit his work at the Ithuba Art Gallery, with a solo exhibition titled Precious Territory.

Additional information

Fabriano Rosaspina paper.

Printing Process

Produced using the linocut technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum is used for a relief surface.

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