100e - the prints


The Race of Time
Archival pigment print on Hahnmühle German Etching 310 gsm
Size 1: 20 x 16 inches / 50 x 40 cm. A limited edition of 20, signed and numbered on the front. £595
Size 2: 38 x 30 inches / 95 x 76 cm. A limited edition of 5, signed and numbered on the front. £1,950


A Tour de France limited edition print artwork by artist James Straffon

Now to th’ ascent of that steep savage hill
Archival pigment print on Hahnmühle German Etching 310 gsm
Size 1: 20 x 16 inches / 50 x 40 cm. A limited edition of 20, signed and numbered on the front. £595
Size 2: 38 x 30 inches / 95 x 76 cm. A limited edition of 5, signed and numbered on the front. £1,950


A Tour de France limited edition print artwork by artist James Straffon

Chase anguish and doubt and fear and sorrow and pain
Archival pigment print on Hahnmühle German Etching 310 gsm
Size 1: 20 x 16 inches / 50 x 40 cm. A limited edition of 20, signed and numbered on the front. £595
Size 2: 38 x 30 inches / 95 x 76 cm. A limited edition of 5, signed and numbered on the front. £1,950


A Tour de France limited edition print artwork by artist James Straffon

Ministers of Vengeance and Pursuit
Archival pigment print on Hahnmühle German Etching 310 gsm
Size 1: 20 x 16 inches / 50 x 40 cm. A limited edition of 20, signed and numbered on the front. £595
Size 2: 38 x 30 inches / 95 x 76 cm. A limited edition of 5, signed and numbered on the front. £1,950


A Tour de France limited edition print artwork by artist James Straffon

Of Patience and Heroic Martyrdom
Archival pigment print on Hahnmühle German Etching 310 gsm
Size 1: 20 x 16 inches / 50 x 40 cm. A limited edition of 20, signed and numbered on the front. £595
Size 2: 38 x 30 inches / 95 x 76 cm. A limited edition of 5, signed and numbered on the front. £1,950


A Tour de France limited edition print artwork by artist James Straffon

The Verdurous wall of Paradise
Archival pigment print on Hahnmühle German Etching 310 gsm
Size 1: 20 x 16 inches / 50 x 40 cm. A limited edition of 20, signed and numbered on the front. £595
Size 2: 38 x 30 inches / 95 x 76 cm. A limited edition of 5, signed and numbered on the front. £1,950


A Tour de France limited edition print artwork by artist James Straffon

Majestic though in ruin
Archival pigment print on Hahnmühle German Etching 310 gsm
Size 1: 20 x 16 inches / 50 x 40 cm. A limited edition of 20, signed and numbered on the front. £595
Size 2: 38 x 30 inches / 95 x 76 cm. A limited edition of 5, signed and numbered on the front. £1,950


A Tour de France limited edition print artwork by artist James Straffon

Till Pride and worse Ambition threw me down
Archival pigment print on Hahnmühle German Etching 310 gsm
Size 1: 20 x 16 inches / 50 x 40 cm. A limited edition of 20, signed and numbered on the front. £595
Size 2: 38 x 30 inches / 95 x 76 cm. A limited edition of 5, signed and numbered on the front. £1,950



Demy-Gods on golden seats
Archival pigment print on Hahnmühle German Etching 310 gsm
Size 1: 20 x 16 inches / 50 x 40 cm. A limited edition of 20, signed and numbered on the front. £595
Size 2: 38 x 30 inches / 95 x 76 cm. A limited edition of 5, signed and numbered on the front. £1,950

A Tour de France limited edition print artwork by artist James Straffon

Pandaemonium
Archival pigment print on Hahnmühle German Etching 310 gsm
Size 1: 20 x 16 inches / 50 x 40 cm. A limited edition of 20, signed and numbered on the front. £595
Size 2: 38 x 30 inches / 95 x 76 cm. A limited edition of 5, signed and numbered on the front. £1,950


A Tour de France limited edition print artwork by artist James Straffon

Our torments also may in length of time become our elements
Archival pigment print on Hahnmühle German Etching 310 gsm
Size 1: 20 x 16 inches / 50 x 40 cm. A limited edition of 20, signed and numbered on the front. £595
Size 2: 38 x 30 inches / 95 x 76 cm. A limited edition of 5, signed and numbered on the front. £1,950



Of darkness do we dread?
Archival pigment print on Hahnmühle German Etching 310 gsm
Size 1: 20 x 16 inches / 50 x 40 cm. A limited edition of 20, signed and numbered on the front. £595
Size 2: 38 x 30 inches / 95 x 76 cm. A limited edition of 5, signed and numbered on the front. £1,950


100e - celebrating 100 editions of the Tour de France.

The 100e is an allegorical monograph, comprising twelve plates; each individually capturing a phase of the Tour's history - montaging the places, faces, moments, phrases, language that form its overall chronology. Beneath the competition itself, lies a framework built around three creative icons - John Milton (1608–1674), Francisco Goya (1746–1828), and Salvador Dali (1904–1989). For context, Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost (originally published in 1667) provides the fundamental themes: Descent and ascent; Light and dark; Immortality; Conflict; The fall; Restoration; Chaos; Rebellious angels; the anti-hero; temptation; vanity; self-deification; the pursuit of Paradise. Critically, it also introduces the theological concept of ‘felix culpa’ - or ‘fortunate fall’ - which suggests evils occur in order to bring about a greater good. Structurally, Milton’s ‘poem in twelve books’ provides the schema, from which the twelve titles that comprise 100e are extracted: 

Of darkness do we dread? 
Now to th’ ascent of that steep savage hill
Chase anguish and doubt and fear and sorrow and pain 
Pandaemonium 
Demy-Gods on golden seats 
Majestic though in ruin 
Our torments also may in length of time become our elements 
The Race of Time 
Till Pride and worse Ambition threw me down 
Ministers of Vengeance and Pursuit 
The verdurous wall of paradise 
Of Patience and Heroic Martyrdom
In 1974, artist Salvador Dali further explored the books of Milton’s Paradise Lost, culminating in Paradis Perdu - a set of ten prints, published by the L’Automobile Club de France. Finally, 100e revisists Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos - eighty aquatint prints created by the Spanish artist; published as an album in 1799. Los Caprichos functioned as a satirical critique of the society in which he lived. Here, American art historian David Rosand suggests “Goya turned the inventive powers of the artist back upon his audience with indicting moral force”, simultaneously “Pressing the limits of poetic license”. This ‘caricature’ portrayal maps how 100e is illustrated - the Tour de France, with all its many facets, reworked with the fidelity of a Lichenstein Pop Art cartoon; both as a study, and a critique. In addition, the photo-montaged image of each 100e plate faithfully embodies the working method of the Dadaist ‘monteurs’ (mechanics), who incorporated actual press photography into their artwork. From L’Auto to L’Équipe, 100e extracts its core content from the very press pages circulated throughout the Tour’s epic history. 

This exhibition carries a unique foreword - Imaging the Century - written by Graeme Fife, author of The Beautiful Machine.

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

FABER

An artwork of Tour de France winner Francois Faber created by artist James Straffon

FABER
Acrylic, mixed media, spray paint and graffiti marker on 14oz primed acid-free canvas. 150cm x 120cm.
COMMISSION

François Faber, aka Le Géant de Colombes (The Giant of Colombes) was a Luxembourgian racing cyclist who won the 1909 Tour de France, winning five consecutive stages [still a record]. Although born in France, his father was born in Wiltz, Luxembourg, giving François Luxembourg nationality.

This artwork features an original 1909 edition of La Vie au Grand Air  -  a French sports illustrated magazine launched on April 1, 1898.

This private commission is linked to When the Fox Met the Rooster project.

An artwork of Tour de France winner Francois Faber created by artist James Straffon

An artwork of Tour de France winner Francois Faber created by artist James Straffon

An artwork of Tour de France winner Francois Faber created by artist James Straffon

An artwork of Tour de France winner Francois Faber created by artist James Straffon




An artwork of Tour de France winner Francois Faber created by artist James Straffon


All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

When the Fox met The Rooster

THE FABLE
THE ARTWORKS

BRITISH EMBASSY SHOW

STREET ARTWORKS

THE DUCHESS
SPECIAL PROJECTS

SELECTED MEDIA & PRESS

THE MOVIE



All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

When The Fox met The Rooster - The Movie

When The Fox met The Rooster
Running time: 22:35
First shown Thursday 16th November 2017
British Embassy Residence, 16 Boulevard F. D. Roosevelt, Luxembourg
"Through montaging a moving picture account of When the Fox Met the Rooster, my intention was to provide an insight and narrative into the project’s evolution, and deployment. During its run time, the viewer’s journey begins with the raw, vintage paper material which underlay each finished artwork - the artist is seen flicking through pages, then overpainting L’AUTO - the very newspaper which Tour de France godfather Henri Desgrange wished to promote through this new cycle race. As the opening sequence builds over erstwhile audio of Tour de France race commentary, I wanted the viewer to get a sense of adventure, and spectacle. I really value film as an artistic medium. And feel the process of collage can equally apply to sound and vision. In this way, my movie allows access to my working method - both on canvas and on the street. It exposes the uniqueness of the project - it being a rare fusion of time and place. And, I hope, bring light to the intense, and intimate relationship that an artist experiences when creating a special body of work."
IN December 2016, HM Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, John Marshall commissioned the British artist James Straffon to explore the concept of an art exhibition, expanding on Straffon’s previous collections devoted to the Tour de France and its vibrant history.  This new series was presented in 2017 - with an exhibition of large-scale original canvases, and a display of over 40 street artworks located across Luxembourg’s capital and communes, many following the race route. By adapting a 19th century fable by Michel Rodange - Renert [Renert oder de Fuuß am Frack an a Ma’nsgrëßt] - Straffon created a new narrative for this extraordinary race - telling the story of the Tour through the eyes of an intrepid fox. He chose to re-engage Renert in a curious and enlightening act of wanderlust - unearthing the bizarre and remarkable stories wrapped up in the folklore and mythology of the Tour de France, retold through the fox’s chance meetings with its many colourful contenders.

The When The Fox met The Rooster project, with its various associated components,
is indebted to the following sponsorship and support:


LINKLATERS - MR. GREN CARR JONES - MR. PETER GOES
HM Ambassador John Marshall and the staff at the British Embassy
Ms Claire Jordan
Ville de Luxembourg
Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy
Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Luxembourg Ministry of Sport
Luxembourg Ministry of Tourism
GreatArt, Alton, Hampshire, UK
Barry Hoban
Basic & Bespoke, Luxembourg
Honey / Mustard, Luxembourg
Bar Rocas, Luxembourg



All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

When The Fox met The Rooster - Limited Edition Prints

Archival pigment print.
Image size: 38cm x 30cm. Print size: 54 x 42cm.
Signed and numbered. Limited Edition of 12 Worldwide.
£350 [includes signed Certificate of Authenticity, packaging and postage]
For buying inquires, please email renert@james-straffon.co.uk
LE PETIT RAMONEUR
THE FARMER FROM MAMER

L'UOMO PIO DI FERRO
THE ANGEL OF THE MOUNTAINS

THE EAGLE FROM TOLEDO
MONSIEUR CHRONO

MISTER TOM
LE CANNIBALE

ETERNALLY SECOND
IL PIRATA

THE MANX MISSILE
ANDY

A Tour de France cycling artwork featuring Maurice Garin created by artist James Straffon

Nicolas Frantz - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Gino Bartali - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Charly Ghaul - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Frederico Bahamontes - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Jacques Anquetil - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Tom Simpson - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Eddy Merckx - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Joop Zoetemelk - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Marco Pantani - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg


Andy Schleck - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Mark Cavendish - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.
 

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