"Fly" by William Kent, (Amer., 1919-2012)
Slate Print, 1963, Ed. unknown, 9-5/8, signed and dated in black ink on floral patterned fabric. Kent was fascinated by the diversity of life we share our planet with, and he often expressed his outrage when mankind destroyed complete habitats without regard for species which had lived there peacefully for thousands of years prior. In particular the fantastic forms of sea life and insects fascinated him, and early on he celebrated the beauty of their complex forms in a series of large carvings as well as in many slate prints. Fly is one of his smaller prints, but through his inventive use of patterned fabrics, Kent achieved striking color effects which compliment the symmetry and intricacy of their form.