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Lampião Masked

Item Code: RK-lampmono-85588
Medium
Monoprint
Date of Work
1990
Signed
Unsigned
Height (cm)
50
Width (cm)
37
Suite
Lampião Monotypes
Base price $2,217
Includes free framing and UK delivery
Monoprint of Lampião.

"Captain" Virgulino Ferreira da Silva, better known as Lampião, was the most famous bandit leader of the Cangaço. Lampião led a band of up to 100 cangaçeiros, in the 1920s and 30s, who occasionally took over small towns and who fought a number of successful actions against paramilitary police when heavily outnumbered. Lampião's exploits and reputation turned him into a 'folk hero'.

King's preoccupation with these bandits of Brazil has been a central part of Ron’s artistic practice for the past 50 years.
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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