The Whale is a signed and numbered limited edition of giclée prints. This image was originally commissioned by A24 for the film, The Whale, by Darren Aronofsky. The print features a custom embossment and gold foil embellishments. Each print in the limited edition of 314 is signed by both James and Darren. Additionally, there are 30 artist's proofs signed by Brendan Fraser which will be placed with collectors at random.
"After Darren screened The Whale for me last year and asked me to create its poster, I immediately thought of Lucien Freud's paintings of Leigh Bowery, and Kiki Smith's self portrait, My Blue Lake. In the latter, Smith used a special camera to capture the periphery of her torso, resulting in an image that reads like a topographical map of her skin. While drawing Charlie (Brendan Fraser), I tried to channel Freud's intimate yet unforgiving observations of Bowery. The depth of Charlie's grief in the film is manifest in the expansive landscape of his body, barely able to contain all the feeling within. The skin is but a thin boundary between the external and internal worlds. In my drawing, his pain is full bleed and stretches beyond the margins, but his humanity and optimism breach the surface in the peaks and valleys of his face. A subtle texture of crumpled paper is embedded in the portrait, referencing the essay Charlie clutches in his hands throughout the film, an artifact from his daughter's childhood that he cherishes for years and keeps him anchored away from the brink."
Image size: 19 5/8" x 29 5/8"
Paper size: 22 7/8" x 33 1/2"
Sculpted dimensional chop
Signed by James Jean and Darren Aronofsky
Edition size: 314