Hemingway’s exploration of the concept of packaging has taken some unexpected turns. He first became fascinated by the way in which printer and manipulated versions of well-known masterpieces were often to be found superimposed on everyday objects, particularly in museum and gallery gift-shops – the mantle of the old masters thrown unthinkingly around the mundane and the commonplace.
Hemingway has been in thrall to the old masters from an early age. He first came into contact with art through a volume from a set of encyclopedias that his father, a coal miner, bought from a door-to-door salesman. Full of reproductions of iconic works of western art, this book has stayed among the artist’s treasured possessions. As an artist fascinated by the minute replication of surface, the observation of the way in the reproductions in his book could be reflected by the silver surfaces of a saltcellar he kept in his studio and had used in previous still life arrangements proved an irresistible temptation.
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