Commemorative plate – from ‘Portrait of Robert Burns (after Archibald Skirving)

27cm diameter
Calum Colvin OBE RSA

‘Colvin’s Portrait of Robert Burns (after Archibald Skirving) is … an ingenious construction that pays homage to the bard and is replete with allusions to his canonical works. … The bookcase, most evidently, references Burns’ role as a writer, while the classical column creates a short-hand note relating to his place in the world of the Enlightenment. The head of Burns is portrayed across the bookcase and his shoulders flow down into the symbolic debris of the foreground…’ – Tom Normand, in ‘The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin: Symbol, Allegory, Myth’ (Luath Press, 2019)

For his exhibition Museography at Dundee’s McManus Gallery in 2017, the artist installed his Burnsomania work printed in the round, encircled with both mass produced Burns plate memorabilia plus his own commemorative plates. The images for his own plates were taken from his photographic artworks, now transfer printed on porcelain.

‘This device of printing the photographs onto commemorative plates was a deepening of Colvin’s fascination with the interaction of fine art with popular culture.’ – Normand, ibid.