Posted in June 2017
In 2017 Wallace & Hodgson wrote “we are delighted to announce that W&H, in conjunction with The San Francisco Art Exchange, are handling a selection of original artworks by Gerald Scarfe from Pink Floyd’s 1982 film, The Wall.
“The eleven artworks have been hand-picked by Scarfe from his private archive and are the original creations for the album artwork, concerts and film spanning the key creative years 1979 – 1982. Considered by Scarfe to be the most important representations of the main iconic characters, the works include ‘The Wife With Flaming Hair’, the original concept for this menacing character, which was used extensively for publicity and marketing; ‘The Scream’, possibly the quintessential image for the whole project, used, amongst other things, for the huge billboards advertising the film. Scarfe explains that this image ‘symbolizes the mood of the album, show and film’. ‘The Giant Judge And Marching Hammers’ is a beautiful yet menacing large-scale representation of the terrifying Judge looming over a cowering Pink amongst the ominous Marching Hammers, and will be included in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s eagerly-anticipated The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, which opens on 13th May, 2017. ‘The Teacher Walls Up The Innocent Children’, is the original artwork which was projected onto the famous circular screen during the band’s performance of Another Brick In The Wall.
“Perhaps most interesting for fans and aficionados alike however, is the earliest conception of the project, the original storyboard; measuring an impressive 101cm. x 205cm.., it consists of fifty individual illustrations which collectively comprise Scarfe’s conception of a narrative for the film, based on Roger Water’s songs for the Pink Floyd album, The Wall. Individually, they not only anticipate many motifs and scenes from the eventual film, but also demonstrate the artist’s unique ability to conjure up a scenario, a milieu, and a mood within a single striking image.
“The public will have a rare chance to view a selection of these extraordinary artworks at a major exhibition this July to be held at San Francisco Art Exchange’s gallery (458 Geary St, San Francisco, CA). Details to be announced.”
To view the artwork with in-depth descriptions and histories, please visit: www.sfae.com/index.php?pg=600179
A Terrifying Mother, 1980
As The Hammers March, The Gigantic Judge Dwarfs A Terrified Pink – 1981
The Scream – 1981
The Wife With Flaming Hair – 1979
The Teacher Walls Up The Innocent Children – 1979
Original Storyboard for Pink Floyd The Wall
On 31 March 2017 Carey & Sarah attended Gerald Scarfe’s talk at Sotheby’s Bond Street and the private view of the auction ‘Scarfe At Sotheby’s’ on 5 April 2017. The select sale of 134 lots covered the different stages of Scarfe’s remarkable career. Scarfe’s art associated with ‘Pink Floyd The Wall’ performed particularly well. The highest price in the auction was achieved by his depiction of the menacing `Teacher’ which sold for £22,500, two and half times the top estimate.
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