Mahal de Man

Anvil

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Year 2020
Medium Pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

The anvil in this drawing was found in West Turkana, Kenya at the archaeological site Lomekwi 3. It is one of the oldest tools found to date and was discovered only six years ago. At 3.3 million years old it is likely to have been used by hominins other than Homo, potentially Australopithecus – of which “Lucy” is a famous example. It seems that this is where our story began.

About the artist:

Born 1990 The Netherlands, Mahal De Man lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art at Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (2012).

De Man often works with collage, line based drawings and text. Astronomy and archaeology are recurring subjects. This artwork is part of a series of drawings of Stone Age tools. The four previous drawings have been displayed in combination with large linear drawings of the International Space Station and the Voyager probes.

Selected exhibitions include Lockdown Residency Exhibition, Kunstmatrix.com (2020); Drawing & Studio, London Square Bermondsey, London (2020); Sirens, Arthouse 1, London (2019); Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London (2019); Tannery Arts Group Show 2017, Tannery Project Space, London (2017); Of Stones & Stars, Print House Gallery, London (2016); Lumen III: La Luce delle Stelle, The Crypt Gallery, London (2015); Lumen Residency Exhibition, Chiesa San Francesco, Atina (2015); and Tending to Infinity, Carousel, London (2015).

Residencies include Lockdown Residency, online (2020); and the Lumen Residency, Italy (2015).

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