Bill Woodrow

Greenleaf (portfolio of 5 etchings) (1991 - 1992)

About this artwork

This etching is part of a portfolio of five inspired by the short story, also called ‘Greenleaf’, by the American writer Flannery O’Connor. Woodrow however, is not simply illustrating the text. In each print he responds to images or words in the story that attracted his attention and seemed to him to be the key elements. The story concerns an old woman, Mrs May, who is tormented by a scrub bull belonging to her neighbours - it eats her crops, keeps her awake and eventually kills her. This image is the second etching in the series and features the bull peering through Venetian blinds into Mrs May’s bedroom window.

  • title: Greenleaf (portfolio of 5 etchings)
  • accession number: GMA 3750
  • artist: Bill WoodrowEnglish (born 1948)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Etching
  • date created: 1991 - 1992
  • measurements: 50.30 x 60.30 cm or 60.30 x 50.30 cm (paper 68.70 x 76.00 or 76.00 x 68.70 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1993

Bill Woodrow

Bill Woodrow

Woodrow was born in Oxfordshire and studied art at St Martin's School of Art, London, from 1968 to 1971. He was one of a number of sculptors in the early 1980s, whose work was mainly 'object based', beginning with a manufactured object rather than being carved or modelled. Woodrow began using discarded consumer products in his work of the 1970s. From 1980 he made sculptures in which junk objects - particularly domestic appliances - were ingeniously cut and crafted, creating an absurd and magical world in which apparently unrelated objects were united and transformed.