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Untitled (Eis Artemin - ‘Hymn to Artemis’) joe-tilson-hymn-to-artemis.jpg

Untitled (Eis Artemin - ‘Hymn to Artemis’)

Item Code: JQT-81965-s
Medium
Screenprint and woodblock
Date of Work
1992
Edition Size
10
Signed
Signed
Height (cm)
63.5
Width (cm)
74
Base price $1,854
Includes free standard framing and UK delivery
Signed artist's proof, aside from the edition of 50.

Named after two hymns in honour of Artemis, supposedly composed by the Ancient Greek poet Homer. Artemis, daughter of Zeus and twin sister of Apollo, was the virginal goddess of hunting, and was closely associated with the forest, moonlight, wilderness and the cypress tree, as well as childbirth and young children. Usually depicted as a huntress, she was one of the most important gods in the Greek pantheon and featured heavily in Ancient Greek mythology, poetry, and theatre, especially Euripides’ famed tragedy ‘Hippolytus’.

Homer’s second Hymn to Artemis: 'I sing of Artemis, whose shafts are of gold, who cheers on the hounds, the pure maiden, shooter of stags, who delights in archery, own sister to Apollo with the golden sword. Over the shadowy hills and windy peaks she draws her golden bow, rejoicing in the chase, and sends out grievous shafts. The tops of the high mountains tremble and the tangled wood echoes awesomely with the outcry of beasts: earth quakes and the sea also where fishes shoal.’
Joe Tilson PortraitJoe Tilson was born in 1928 in London. He initially began work as a carpenter and cabinetmaker before joining the Royal Air Force until 1949. He then studied at St. Martin’s School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, London where he received the Rome Prize – an award which sent him to Italy for a year in 1955.

A particular motif Tilson returned to again and again throughout the 60s was that of grids, both as a formal device and a symbolic way of relating objects to one another. The resulting squares were often set apart from each other by their vibrant colours and the imagery they contained. Tilson is a Royal Academician and his artistic career was celebrated at the Royal Academy in a retrospective exhibition in 2002.
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