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The White Stag holds a place in the traditions of many cultures. They are considered to be messengers from the otherworld in some Celtic mythology. Arthurian legend states that the creature has a perennial ability to evade capture, and that the pursuit of the animal represents mankind's spiritual quest. It also signalled that the time was high for the knights of the kingdom to pursue a quest. In Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, the white stag was partly responsible for the conversion of the martyr Saint Eustace. Eustace saw a vision of Christ between the stag's antlers and was told that he would suffer for Christ. A similar legend is associated with Saint Hubert. The White Hart is also the Badge of the rather tragic King Richard II of England. Whatever cultural meaning they may evoke, the special magical, ethereal beauty of a white stag cannot be denied.

This 7 colour silkscreen is made on a heavyweight 300 gram handmade paper from St Cuthbert's Mill in Somerset. The print is created by printing each colour separately, gradually building up the image.

A silkscreen print is created by building up an image with layers of individually printed colours in a process known as colour separation. Each colour has its own 'positive' which is exposed to a UV light with a screen coated in photo-sensitive emulsion.

White Stag


Silkscreen print in an edition of 50

Image size 50 x 36 cm

Paper size 60 x 46 cm