SMILE PORTRAIT PORTFOLIO Collaborative Portraits Portfolio In December 1985 I had an idea
for a collaborative project involving 4 friends, I started by enlarging to A3 the pictures which appeared in SMILE 7
of Ben Allen, Stewart Home, Pete Horobin and myself, Mark Pawson. A set of the portraits was sent or given to
each of the participants with the request to work on them and send a modified set of images back. Each artist
treated the material very differently; Ben made six extremely heavily collaged faces that could have been any
of the participants, Pete copied 'Smile' dictionary definitions over faded aces. Stewart blocked out everyones
features except his own, I gave everyone a patterned haircut and shirt. With the treated portraits I set about
photocopying each version of Ben, Stewart, Mark and Pete on top of the others ( I rotated the 6 unidentified
collages that Ben made) using Sharp and Canon photocopiers with blue, black, brown and red toners.
Here's the result, a portfolio of 4 portraits each made from 4 elements, by 4 artists in 4 colours.
Each set is different, the elements and colours were rotated during the photocopying.
Mark Pawson. London. April 1986
74 Well Street, Hackney, London, E9 01-985-1174
1 Holly Bank, Cherry Lane, Lymm, Cheshire, WA 13 ONT
Portraits of Ben Allen, Stewart Home, Pete Horobin and Mark Pawson,
by Ben Allen, Stewart Home, Pete Horobin and Mark Pawson,
based on original photographs by Pete Horobin.
Set of 4 A3 prints with a cover page, each print was photocopied in
Red, Blue, Brown + Black, at Community Copyart, London.
1986, Edition of 20.
Printed by Ditto Press at Pick Me Up, Somerset House, March 2011.
4 colour Risograph print, 29.7 x 42 cm, signed, Edition of 50.
£10.00 + postage