Cuillin Bantock

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Forty One Approaches to a View

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Bounty: A case of preposterous optimism

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A spot on the wall (2005)

A spot on the wall (Postscript 2022)

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Bounty: A Case of Preposterous Optimism 

In 2005 Cuillin Bantock initiated a project round the voyage of the Bounty. As is well known, the purpose of the voyage was to transport breadfruit plants from Tahiti to the Caribbean to grow as food for the slaves working the plantations. The Bounty left Deptford Docks in London in 1787, and the voyage ended in mutiny two years later.

The project had come about through the discovery that the flowerpots that the Bounty took to Tahiti were made on Creekside, home of the Art in Perpetuity Trust (APT), of which Cuillin Bantock is Company Secretary. He contributed, among other things, eight gouaches, each 21.5x34cm, to the exhibition put on at APT in 2007: The set of gouaches is titled From William Bligh’ Log. 2007. The problem of making visual images from something known only from the written word was solved by a chance visit to an exhibition in Vancouver of the Matisse 1941 Jazz collages. Each of these Bounty images is based on a specific work in the Jazz series and a specific entry in Bligh’s log-book. Matisse considered his black and white text to act as a foil to the colour; here the text is included as part of the visual image.

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