The Punter's Dream (W1)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

The Punter's Dream
The story so far: A man punting alone is joined by a woman from a dream

Date

1972-73

Description

Carved wooden boat with a standing punter figure, kissing a head without a body, painted in numerous bright colours. Sam Smith, 1972-73.

Materials and techniques

Carved soft and hard woods, natural and painted, with rope, string, shells, feather, glass bead, lace, brass pin, tacks, net, fabric and ribbon. The figures are brought together and articulated by cod or hambro line. The paint used is mainly Plaka with plastic emulsion for the large areas, with a priming coat and a finishing coat of clear varnish.

Dimensions

length:  33cm
length:  33cm
Packed Length:  47cm
Packed Width:  33cm
Packed Height:  34cm

Object number

W1

Category

References

Coleman, M. (1973). Genuine: Made in England. Crafts, (5), pp.13-17.

On view

Short term loan as part of Crafts Council Touring Exhibition A Curious Turn: moving, mechanical sculpture, at: Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, 18/02/2017 - 21/05/2017; Gallery Oldham, 08/07/2017 - 02/09/2017; Derby Museum and Art Gallery, 15/09/2017 - 19/11/2017; Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, 01/12/2017 - 01/03/2018; Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Devon, 10/03/2018 - 20/05/2018; Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, 26/05/2018 - 19/08/2018
http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/a-curious-turn/
  • 'The Punter's Dream' or 'The story so far: A man punting alone is joined by a woman from a dream', Sam Smith, 1972-73, Crafts Council Collection: W1e. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • Box with 'The Punter's Dream' or 'The story so far: A man punting alone is joined by a woman from a dream', Sam Smith, 1972 - 1973, Crafts Council Collection: W1e. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

  • Box for 'The Punter's Dream' or 'The story so far: A man punting alone is joined by a woman from a dream', Sam Smith, 1972 - 1973, Crafts Council Collection: W1e. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

  • Box for 'The Punter's Dream' or 'The story so far: A man punting alone is joined by a woman from a dream', Sam Smith, 1972 - 1973, Crafts Council Collection: W1e. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

  • Box for 'The Punter's Dream' or 'The story so far: A man punting alone is joined by a woman from a dream', Sam Smith, 1972 - 1973, Crafts Council Collection: W1e. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

  • Box for 'The Punter's Dream' or 'The story so far: A man punting alone is joined by a woman from a dream', Sam Smith, 1972 - 1973, Crafts Council Collection: W1e. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

  • Box for 'The Punter's Dream' or 'The story so far: A man punting alone is joined by a woman from a dream', Sam Smith, 1972 - 1973, Crafts Council Collection: W1e. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

Maker's statement

All my work is about situations between, or about, people. An idea can present a theme which I work on until I can do no more. All my pieces have a strong story line. The pieces are made to be looked into and not looked at. Any decorative quality they may develop is incidental and not part of the original intention.

Sam Smith, March 1977