A Clockwork Orange

David Austen


About the edition

This print was created in DCA Print Studio as part of our DCA Editions programme to coincide with David Austen's exhibition Underworld in DCA galleries.

My work explores love and yearning, loss and grief, memory and dream and the unreliability of these things. I make my work with exactitude and attention; it’s what the world deserves. David Austen

With sources as varied as 19th century literature, poetry, ancient myth and film noir, the impetus of Austen’s work often derives from his immediate surroundings. There is a liveliness and generosity in his approach to art making, a delicacy of touch, a delight in the unexpected, and a disarmingly nuanced understanding of complex human emotions.

With A Clockwork Orange, Austen has created a print using text from a found script of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, which he came across in the library archive of Kingston School of Art. The scene describes the moments in which Alex is subjected to a series of violent film imagery during a drug-induced nausea in attempt to re-condition him into a life of non-violence.

 (Alex: (Voice Over) from the script of ‘A Clockwork Orange’, p35)

…It’s funny how the colours of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on a screen.






Once removed from the film script, the apparent meaning of the words changes depending on the accompanying story or context. Enlarged and seemingly weighty within the page, the words are reminiscent of The Dandy or Batman: comic violence – descriptive of, but removed from, real life actions.

Year 2019
Edition of 20
Media Screenprint on Somerset Satin 300gsm paper
Dimensions 76 x 112cm
Signature Signed and numbered by artist on lower recto

About David Austen

David Austen (b.1960 Harlow) is an artist based in London. A graduate of the Royal College of Art (1985), he has exhibited widely over the past 30 years.

Solo exhibitions include: The Drowned, Matt’s Gallery, London (2018); The stars above the ocean... the ocean beneath the stars, David Totah Gallery, New York (2018); Black Heart, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Cogliandrino, Basilicata; End of Love, Modern Art Oxford (2010); and My love, I have been digging up my own bones in the garden again, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2009). His work has been featured in major international group projects and is held in collections such as Tate, British Council, Arts Council England and the Government Art Collection.

He is represented by Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh.

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