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About the Work

I became very interested in ordering everything ready-made, including freedom, so I took a packaged day out to Skegness. I particularly admired Richard Hamilton's work, especially his reconstruction of Duchamp, although I hadn't heard of Donald Judd. However, everyone had seen the Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour' on TV. In constructing the sculpture I went to a great deal of trouble to make the 8' x 4' skyboard stand upright with no visible means of support (as a ready-made object of consumerism is designed to appear). Two inches separated the seaboard from the skyboard. Thus the object appeared effortless. I then adorned the skyboard with freely drawn seagulls on one side and stencilled seagulls on the other. Around the edge of the seaboard I painted stylised blue waves. I got the idea from seeing, as a child, the pattern being made in seaside rock, which is made in flat sheets before being rolled into sticks. I finished the work with a polished easy-care surface, which helped reflect the sea into the sky and vice-versa.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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