Ithell Colquhoun: TARO AS COLOUR Deluxe Edition
Deluxe edition 2018 208pp Fulgur. Illustrated in colour throughout. Bound in quarter vellum with gilt foredges, wrap around cover and housed in a silk bound covered slipcase. NM.
Ltd. ed. 78 copies. Each copy has a unique cover corresponding to the tarot card represented and is named rather than numbered, this copy titled I am the Priestess of the Silver Star. In 1977, a series of 78 strange enamel works were exhibited in a small gallery in Cornwall. The vibrant images were modestly grouped together in five large frames. For the curious viewer the artist provided a page of explanation, affirming that these ‘psycho-morphological’ studies were, in fact, designs for a Taro. The product of a lifetime of esoteric study and art practice, Colquhoun’s bold project seeks to dispense with the figurative narratives of the traditional tarot and re-imagines the forces behind each card as pure colour.
Taro As Colour draws upon newly commissioned photography to present Colquhoun’s magical designs in vivid colour. Printed using the latest techniques of six-colour offset lithography, the original cards are augmented with gold and silver inks and gloss coated to better emulate the original enamels. Colquhoun’s original essay is also accompanied by a scholarly introduction by Amy Hale, who explores the background, approach and theory behind this extraordinary body of work.