Norwich Lion – a tribute to sculptor Alfred Hardiman’s iconic bronzes that guard the entrance to Norwich City Hall – was the surprise star of the show at Ken Hurst’s 2020 Anteros Arts Foundation exhibition.
Having sold out its entire first set of 10 prints and two artist’s proofs depicting the lion against a Cadmium Red background, this longer-run second edition required significant variations to preserve the integrity of the original edition.
To achieve this, the subject matter has been turned through 180 degrees, causing the lion to be facing to the left rather than (as originally) the right. And new background colour variations have been introduced – Mexican Red, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, Cobalt Blue and Violet.
By happy coincidence, the rainbow colours closely match those adopted by the Pride movement, giving rise to a joyfully unintended wordplay with the collective noun for the noble king of the jungle.
The serigraphs (screenprints) were made by the artist in collaboration with Ni Gooding at Cut Editions, Halesworth