Smile, Joker - Standard Edition

  • Limited Edition
  • Limited Edition Print
  • 78 x 94 cms
  • £395.00 (inc VAT)

Inspired by the Joker movie featuring Joaquin Phoenix, artist description below.

This price of £395 is for:
STANDARD EDITION: Limited to only 40 pieces worldwide, framed size 94 x 78 cm

NB: When price matching on various sites – as we all do, please note that each of Mark’s editions supplied through Gallery 21 comes complete with our own stunning framing as shown. With wider, deeper mounts and more expensive mouldings than most on offer elsewhere.

VARIABLE OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT DATE OF PUBLICATION
Be sure to contact the gallery for current availability to avoid disappointment.

STANDARD: Framed size 94 x 78 cm
Limited Edition £ 395 – Limited to only 40 pieces worldwide
Hand Embellished Artist Proof Edition £445 – Limited to only 5 pieces worldwide

DELUXE: Framed size 87 x 107 cm
Limited Edition £545 – Limited to only 20 pieces worldwide
Hand Embellished Artist Proof Edition £660 – Limited to only 5 pieces worldwide

PREMIUM HAND EMBELLISHED CANVAS: Framed size 90.5 x 113 cm
Limited Edition on Canvas £995 – Limited to only 10 pieces worldwide

THE ORIGINAL WORK: Framed size 104 x 137 cm
Original £3,595 – only 1 piece worldwide, if available.
NB: All one off original works are bespoke framed by the artist and are enhanced to match the work.

GALLERY 21 FRAMING DETAILS:

ALL PAPER EDITIONS:
Framed using a 7cm wide double acid free mount with a 7 m wide moulding in black with silver leaf edges, as displayed.
NB: Can also be supplied in square profile matt black frame if requested.

CANVAS EDITION:
Double framed using a 7cm wide white deep inner slip, with a 7cm wide moulding in black with silver leaf edges, as displayed. NB: Can also be supplied in square profile matt black frame if requested.

ORIGINALS:
All one off original works are bespoke framed, then hand enhanced by the artist to individually match the piece.

PICTURE DESCRIPTION:
It was initially going to be purely based on ‘The Dark Knight’ film with the wonder of Heath Ledger but for me personally from watching the most recent ‘Joker’ movie and being left completely open mouthed by the pure brilliance of the brutality and the utter sadness of the character and what happened to him, it took on a different form.

So, it started with a ‘Storyteller’ style piece where it’s this abandoned, derelict building that’s depicted as the asylum but done in a way that takes it to a whole different level by showing the characters. It’s a classic darkness and light concept that I love to work with and showing how closely that they can reside within a person, within a building, within their four walls. That was the aim to create something really dark, really beautiful but in a completely different way through showing the characters and touching on the battles that are going on within their heads and what that can ultimately lead to.

The decision to introduce the characters was a big one, it can spoil a piece, but the aim was to have them so that they are literally bleeding out onto the canvas, with sheer emotion that’s captured through the detailing. The idea being with the asylum is that it’s so difficult to leave but so easy to return and that takes on so many meanings.

This piece shows that contrast between the pure, sinister side of the Heath Ledger character where he’s absolutely seething within the shadows but then in complete contrast, we go across to Joaquin Phoenix where he’s totally lost in his own world. There’s no acknowledgement to the destruction that he’s causing, no remorse but ultimately happier and it’s showing how that can completely escalate and morph through. It’s been a wonderful piece to work on, one that has particular poignancy to me and I’m sure to many others.

– Mark Davies

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