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Scratch My Back print
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Scratch My Back Fine Art Print

£750.00£1,250.00

This print is available in two sizes:
25.5″ x 34″ paper size, where the image size is 19″ x 19″
40″ x 50″ paper size, where the image size is 28″ x 28″
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Artwork
The image was discovered by Stephen Gschmeissner via a scanning electron microscope which uses a finely focused beam of electrons to construct a 3D image of each specimen that can be magnified up to a million times.

Designer Marc Bessant who selected and developed the image expands;

“I was struck by how simple, honest and sensuous the music was sounding with just the two elements – Peter and the strings. ‘Two’ was important – two parts, two acts, two songs, two albums – a shared experience, one dependent on the other. I wanted the images and colours to be seductive and sensual (touching on sexual), perhaps even a little tense, a relationship between one another. The eventual micrograph of corpuscles was perfect – so graceful and calm, yet with all the passionate, fleshy associations that blood carries.” – Marc Bessant.

Artist
Marc Bessant creates forward thinking and championed designs. He has designed seminal art for CD covers, books, logos, DVD sleeves and posters. He currently holds the position of Head of Design at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios.

Stephen Gschmeissner is one of the most prolific and widely published scanning electron microscopists in the UK. To Stephen the excitement of using a scanning electron microscope comes from its ability to bring to life unseen and often-undiscovered aspects of the natural world in a creative way.

Stephen says that he never quite knows what he’ll find – “I may be looking at a specimen for one reason, only to find something totally unexpected. For example, when looking at brain cells, the fact that they looked like matchsticks came as a complete surprise.” Stephen creates images as art forms, prepared as much for their visual appeal and impact as the science that they depict.

Album
Released 12th February 2010. Scratch My Back was recorded at George Martin’s Air Lyndhurst Studios and the Real World Temple with further editing at Real World Studios.

Peter describes this as a very personal record with the twelve songs performed only with orchestral instruments and voice. To help craft the recording Peter enlisted John Metcalfe as arranger, the expertise of producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’) and the engineer, mixer and producer Tchad Blake (Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits).

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