RUDOLF BIKKERS, PORTFOLIO#1 BLOW FISH
serigraph on paper
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. A. Rudnik, 1982.
In 1978, master printer Rudolf Bikkers generated a suite depicting five creatures. The images combine the worlds of humor and the grotesque. This is a world inhabited by the frenzied fowl, angry goat, a scare crow, a biting beetle and a blowfish. The artist also created a fact sheet for the series. This one page summary accounts for the number in the edition, the number of artist’s proofs, the colour numbers and the weight of paper printed on. An excerpt from correspondence with the artist indicates that “Portfolio #1 (1978) was created for and with my two, at that time young children. They gathered the quill feathers used for the drawings, helped with the printing, chose the animals as well as the titles. The prints were never exhibited, but with the exception of one portfolio for each child, the entire edition sold out within a couple of years.”