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Nick Simpson
The Perambulator: Surreal, Vintage Style Sepia "Steampunk" Man in Ornate Frame

2012

$4,200

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C-type archival print, edition 1 of 3 40 x 30 inches unframed 54 x 43 inches in ornate wood frame with engraved gold detail This antique style figurative photograph was created by London based photographer, Nick Simpson, in 2012. Here, the artist exemplifies steampunk style with a standing man in a tailor suit with details of industrial machinery. Metal gears, wheels, and pipes decorate his uniform while a metal helmet provides ample protection. Simpson includes a slight patina around the sepia toned photograph's edge to accentuate it's antique quality. The photograph is paired with an ornate dark wood frame with engraved gold detail and AR non-glare glass. About the work: London based artist, Nick Simpson, is celebrated for his fictional series entitled The Bumforth Man Collection. The series consists of archival prints inspired by a mythical story concerning a quantity of glass photographic plates discovered in an old oak chest on the Bumforth Manor estate in rural England, the family home of the Gascoigne-Simpson's for over nine generations. These plates, which had laid gathering dust for over a hundred years, were supposedly the work of Simpson’s great grandfather, Samuel Heracles Gascoigne-Simpson, a disciple of William Henry Fox Talbot, commonly considered to be the father of photography. To bring this story to life, Simpson starts by building a set, authentically styled and dressed to re-create the Victorian photographic salons of the late 1900s. This becomes the stage upon which he places his eclectic choice of models and actors, all following his original tight narrative to create a richly detailed tableau. The scene is then captured in a single sitting using an original 1867 'Petzval' lens mounted on a mahogany plate camera. Hand painting, scratching and distressing the plates adds a patina, further adding to the illusion of historical provenance. These highly detailed visual narratives of the bizarre and often erotic nature of Simpson’s sepia-toned obsessions are finally revealed as a limited edition archival print. Nick Simpson previously worked as a commercial photographer and creative director, before embarking upon a full time career as an artist in 2011. He has exhibited extensively in the UK, but this will be his first exhibition in the U.S.A

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