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Item Code: RK-bab-lamp
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Brazil and Bandits
Signed original etching with aquatint. As a part of Ron King's Brazil and Bandits series.

"Captain" Virgulino Ferreira da Silva, better known as Lampião, was the most famous bandit leader of the Cangaço. Cangaço was a form of banditry endemic to the Brazilian Northeast in the 1920s and 1930s.

When King was 12 years old he found a book in his father's study, and it was in the pages that he first encountered the story, imagery and characters of Lampião and his band. The book was titled (translated) 'How I Bumped off Lampião' and was written by Captain Bezerra, who caught and shot eleven of the gang. The gruesome image of their decapitated heads, displayed to prove their capture and deaths, had fascinated Ron ever since.

Inspired by the folklore and imagery of the bandits, King has come back to the subject many times, with Lampião taking centre stage in many forms.
Ron King PortraitRon King has had an artistic life that spans a multi faceted and inspiring 60 years.  His iconographic work is marked by a distinctive, fresh and often pioneering approach. As an artist his work can’t be pinned down to by genre but it does have an approach that is hallmarked by a distinctively curious, questioning and energetic approach.

He picked up a scholarship at Chelsea for his painting and then several art awards when he emigrated to Canada, with his wife and sculptor Willow Legge in 1956.  Here he worked as an art director in McLean Hunter publishing house.  In 1960 Ron returned to the UK with his family to paint for his first one-man show in Toronto.  In 1961 while teaching at Farnham School of Art he took up printmaking, which led to a contract in 1964 with the well known print publishers Editions Alecto.  Unable to publish his first book ‘The Prologue to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales’ with them, he followed through the project himself and formed Circle Press.
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