Cerith Wyn Evans

The Return of The Return of the Durutti Column (1997)

About this artwork

This image was originally a French anarchist student poster, in which speech bubbles were added to a film poster and it was given the title ‘The Return of the Durutti Column’. Wyn Evans translated the text into English, and the print plays on the idea of adaptation. To affirm the theme of conversion, the work is printed in luminous ink so the outline image only appears in the dark. This work is from a portfolio of prints by eleven different London-based artists, called ‘Screen’. The title is taken from the screenprint technique but also refers to the fact that most of the artists had worked with film or photography.

Cerith Wyn Evans

Cerith Wyn Evans

Cerith Wyn Evans was born in Llanelli, Wales. He studied at Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art in London. On graduation, Wyn Evans worked as an assistant to the film director Derek Jarman and made a number of his own short films. He began to make sculpture and installations in the 1990s, but film has remained an influence in his work. Using a broad range of media, from neon light-tubes to video, photography, mirrors and phosphorescent inks, his works explore concepts of perception, representation and language.