Big fish eat little fish; Barry CLEAVIN; 1974; 1348

Name/Title

Big fish eat little fish

About this object

A realist drawing of a man, bent over and on his knees, gutting a large fish and revealing a smaller fish inside. The figure is positioned within an empty black 'stage'. The artist has used a stippled effect overall.

Maker

Barry CLEAVIN

Date Made

1974

Date Made

2015

Medium and Materials

Etching and aquatint on cream Hahnemühle paper

Place Made

Portobello

Subject and Association Keywords

Animals/Fish

Subject and Association Keywords

Portraits/Male

Subject and Association Keywords

Recreation/Fishing

Subject and Association Description

This print is based on a photograph of fellow artist, Trevor Moffitt, gutting a fish. Moffitt (1936-2006) and Cleavin were friends and often went fishing together. Cleavin has adapted the photograph by repositioning the figure on an empty black ‘stage’and also includes a smaller fish emerging from the gut of the larger carcass. The title and image is literal translation of the Latin proverb “Piscem vorat maior mionorem”, which reflects on the relationship between rich and poor.

Named Collection

Dame Ann and John Hercus

Credit Line

Gifted by Ann and John Hercus in 2015

Object Type

Print

Object number

1348

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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