Clinton Friedman’s Latest Collection

WORDS Graham Wood PORTRAIT Clinton Douglas

For his latest works, artist Clinton Friedman harnessed a range of skills and materials to bring richly layered meaning to each image.

Ever since he created his first collection of botanical photographic images 15 years ago, Clinton Friedman has experimented and branched out into various areas of art and product design, including exquisite hand-tufted wool rugs. His latest series of Limited Edition Art Works involves photographs combined with painting. Each piece is printed on linen, cotton or heavyweight canvas, stretched over a wooden frame and finished with a nickel-plated metal frame.

Frame detail.

He collaborated with metalworkers and automotive electroplating specialists on making the frame. “Think of the oil-slick rainbow silver of a motorbike exhaust,” Clinton says; “that’s what we tried to create.” Even the plants in the images are the result of a slow process: He grew most of them from seed.

The two contrasting elements that have always characterised Clinton’s work, a kind of perfection when it comes to image quality on the one hand and a love of unfinished objects on the other, give each piece its sense of material presence and complexity.

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