Dave McKean, graphic novelist, musician, writer, designer and performance artist, will be debuting his latest project in March.
Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash is a new graphic novel and multimedia performance that explores the work of Paul Nash, one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century, and whose First World War experiences inspired him to create paintings of disturbing, lasting power. Dave McKean says,
"I'd like to explore Paul Nash's role in the birth of modernism and surrealism, and how those movements were actually witnessed by Nash in the dream-nightmare-like battlefields of the war. He used the landscape that he loved to try to deal with what he'd been through, and to try and find calm and solace beyond."
The world-premiere performance by Dave McKean and international musical collaborators will take place at Kendal Town Hall on 28th May, 2016. The performance will feature projections, animated illustrations, live music and narration.
Additional performances will be held in France over the summer before the performance returns to Kendal for the The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
The graphic novel will be released in two editions – a limited edition in May and a full publication in October.
Black Dog The Dreams of Paul Nash, by Dave McKean is co-commissioned by The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, On a Marche sur la Bulle and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The commission is also supported by Kendal College, Kendal Business Improvement District and South Lakeland District Council.