Che Scargill — Darren Coffield’s coal dust print in support of the Orgreave Truth and Justice campaign|
A limited edition print using coal dust from Maltby Colliery, the last working underground pit in Yorkshire. Created to commemorate the Battle of Orgreave during the 1984 Miners Strike.
"Works of Genius" — Arthur Scargill
Arthur Scargill is one of the last surviving iconic left wing heroes. In his portrait, the artist combines the idea of Orgreave and Arthur Scargill with the popular icon of rebellion, Che Guevera. Scargill’s head is placed on Guevera’s revolutionary shoulders with a star added to Arthur’s baseball cap, as a nod to the revolutionaries of the past.
"I originally started painting him in a very traditional way with paint and canvas. But I soon found the results not very satisfactory. I wanted the pictures I created of the strike to have an authenticity about them. I wanted the materials they were made from to evoke the poverty and deprivation brought on by the strike, so I chose a material that the miners would see every day, namely coal dust. The artwork evokes the principle of truth to materials".
— Darren Coffield
A copy of this artwork is in the collection of Arthur Scargill.
50% of all sales profit will go to support Orgreave Truth and Justice campaign.
Che Scargill coal dust print
33.1" x 46.8" (841 mm x 1189 mm)
Coal dust on card
Edition of 50 + 5 artist's proofs
Signed and numbered
20 copies available
£295.00 incl. FREE UK standard delivery