Das Narrenschiff (Ship of Fools)

David Avery
Signed and numbered from the edition of 35. Avery's prints often mix elements of satire, myth and legend with his own light touch of surrealism. The ship of fools is an allegory first written about in Plato's Republic, about a ship with a dysfunctional crew. The allegory seems most apt when those in charge of a political system make decisions not based on expert knowledge, but on their own short-sighted self-interest.

David Avery continues to explore the expressive and technical possibilities inherent in black and white line etching. His work is included in the collections of the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the New York Public Library, the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, the Stanford University Library among others, and has been noted in the New York Times. Even though “black and white doesn’t sell”, he has eschewed the use of color, finding the subtleties and tonalities of black and white most capable of creating the psychological mood that allows his work to be effective.
14 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches