‘Rugged Defensive Play’
14.7 cm x 20.8 cm | 5.8 x 8.2 inches
Giclée Hahnemühle German Etching
Limited Edition of 50
Hand-signed by Artist
Caroline is an artistic stalwart with a career spanning multiple decades and movements. Despite figurative painting being ‘out’ by the time she left art school, Caroline continued to paint how and as she wanted. Influenced by Pop Art, Feminist Art and the politics of sexual liberation, Caroline’s work continually confronted and destabilised patriarchal and binary sexual stereotypes. Caroline has been deeply embedded in both the fashion and music worlds as well and was one of the women to whom Germaine Greer dedicated ‘The Female Eunuch’. Although considered ‘shocking’ by the establishment, (the Tate banned her ‘Mr Olympia’ for its erect penis), Caroline never wavered from her style.
Rewarded with well-deserved recognition and success later in her career, Caroline remains rooted in her principles – ‘Success to me will depend on what happens now in my studio. If, in the next few years, I can make one or two paintings that people will consider worth seeing, then I will be happy.’
Caroline’s print is based on a miniature sketch of her painting ‘Rugged Defensive Play’ (2020), submitted as a lot in Art on a Postcard’s International Women’s Day Auction in 2020. The large-scale version of this design was recently featured in the Hayward Gallery’s ‘Mixing it Up: Painting Today’. ‘Rugged Defensive Play’ is an homage to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup where players like Megan Rapinoe, Daniëlle van de Donk and Demi Stokes challenged sexism.
‘The multicultural players and fans within this painting represent my lifelong belief in blur and fluidity. My people are hermaphroditic, she/he or queer people who revel in the biological beauty of the whole human body and genitalia both female and male. Across a gender spectrum from masculine to feminine, they break free from the fixed binary stereotypes of sex, colour or class imposed on us by patriarchy’ Caroline describes.
This print is the first Limited Edition print Caroline has ever done – the run of 50 A5 prints are each hand-signed by Caroline herself.