James Jarvis – Fifty-two Spheres
In 2011 James Jarvis endeavoured to produce a linocut print every week (each in an edition of seven) of his nameless spherical character, posting each one on a dedicated blog. Now artist proofs of all 52 prints will be exhibited at Beach in London and offered for sale for £40 each.
The series depicts his sphere, sometimes with similarly shaped friend, engaged in a number of activites. Sometimes it is playing as a child might, and sometimes it is performing a more mundane adult task such as painting a wall or putting a picture up. In some composition we see the sphere running, walking, or even being kicked (below). In other images, it simply looking a bit surprised or startled.
Despite the fact that Jarvis’ sphere is probably his most stylistically simplistic character creation, and that he’s using just one colour and one of the most basic of print mediums, he demonstrates an impressive ability to bring life, emotion and movement to each print.