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Until God Burn Time

Item Code: MW-85195-sv
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Signed verso
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Base price $2,003
Signed verso acrylic on carved oak, discarded by a furniture maker because it had a few small surface cracks ('checks').

The words are from He tells of the Perfect Beauty by W.B. Yeats (1865-1939).
Slightly paraphrasing, Wenham in choosing this quotation wanted to change the somewhat High Romantic tone of the original short poem, into something more personal and immediate. To do this he removed the phrase 'until God burn time' to make the title and changed the position of the line breaks to emphasise the final 'and you'.

Featured in Martin Wenham: The Art of Letter Carving in the Wood, by Martin Wenham, 2022.

A free copy of Martin Wenham’s new book Martin Wenham The Art of Letter Carving, published by Crowood Press (price £25), will accompany each purchase from the exhibition.
Martin Wenham PortraitBorn in 1941, Wenham’s interest in lettering was stimulated at an early age. At university Wenham read botany and forestry, his artistic propensity aiding with precise observational drawing. Throughout this time an interest in pen-lettering persisted and after a research colleague requested a carved house-name in wood Wenham approached the professional carver Harry Spring, who showed him the basic technique of letter-cutting.

After a year Wenham left research and for the next 23 years taught in secondary, primary and special schools, with 9 years’ lecturing at the University of Leicester. He first exhibited his letter-cutting work in 1982; since 1984 it has been shown in the major British exhibitions of lettering arts. Wenham’s work is held in the Crafts Council’s Permanent Collection and in private collections in Britain, the USA, Germany, Japan and Puerto Rico.
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