Andrew Sprawson
Comfortably Numb

R2,800.00 – R4,000.00

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 allusions 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: 100 x 40 cm
Edition size: 5
Year: 2017

Signed by the artist.


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


More about the work

Comfortably Numb references Pink Floyd's iconic song, which Roger Waters wrote after being injected with tranquillisers before a 1977 concert in Philadelphia. Yet for Andrew, this namesake print is essentially a comment on the comfortable mediocrity and safety of stable employment, concealed in a constricting gift wrapping. There are small details that one may take a bit of time to notice: the figure has two left hands, and the text, "this side up" is in reverse; upside down, but not. Andrew's Comfortably Numb is a rumination on the mediocrity of the responsibility that comes with age, and its restrictions on your innermost self.

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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White, Black or Kiaat wooden box frames. Note: Kiaat is a natural wood, the grain and colour will differ slightly with each piece.

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