Gauguin

  • Sarah Kettle

Brief: Gauguin was known for painting, sculpture, ceramics & engraving. The brief was to create an invitation to showcase Gauguin’s work which was the forefront of this high level client event being held at the National Gallery’s 'Gauguin Portraits' exhibition.

Response

Using Gauguin’s painting to cover the whole front of the invitation showcased his work & gave the invitees a look at what they could expect to see at the event. Selecting a paper stock that evoked a canvas texture, look & feel added to the painting theme & brought out texture on the main painting image bringing it to life.
Chose a triplex finish with the centre sheet being citrine yellow to co-ordinate with the yellow shades from the painting & draw these out. Silver foiling to the reverse on the main copy created hierarchy & was combined with the paint mark (influenced from Gauguin’s profession) framing the text.

image credit (front painting) Paul Gauguin. The Ancestors of Tehamana or Tehamana Has Many Parents (Merahi metua no Tehamana) (1893) © The Art Institute of Chicago Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Deering McCormick, 1980.613
By kind permission of the Director and Trustees of the National Gallery.