Heman Chong

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Heman Chong (b. 1977, Muar) is an artist and writer whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. His work continuously interrogates the many functions of the production of narratives in our everyday lives.

Heman Chong has presented a number of solo exhibitions at the Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai, 2016), South London Gallery (London, 2015), Art Sonje Center (Seoul, 2015), P! (New York, 2014), The Reading Room (Bangkok, 2013), NUS Museum (Singapore, 2012), Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou, 2007), Art in General (New York, 2007), Project Arts Centre (Dublin, 2006).

He has also participated in numerous international biennales including 20th Sydney Biennale (Upcoming, 2016), 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014), Asia Pacific Triennale 7 (2012), Performa 11 (2011), Momentum 6 (2011), Manifesta 8 (2010), 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008), SCAPE Christchurch Biennale (2006), Busan Biennale (2004), 10th India Triennale (2000) and he represented Singapore in the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

Chong’s work has also been part of a number of group exhibitions at internationally recognised institutions including Tate Modern, New Museum, Monnaie de Paris, Museum fur Gewerbe und Kunst Hamburg, The National Museum of Art Osaka, Hessel Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Sharjah Art Foundation, Taipei Contemporary Art Center, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Kumho Museum of Art, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Kroeller-Muller Museum, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Nam June Paik Art Center, Gertrude Contemporary, Arnolfini, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Hamburger Bahnhof, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Kadist Art Foundation, Daejeon Museum of Art.

In 2006, he produced a writing workshop with Leif Magne Tangen at Project Arts Center in Dublin where they co-authored “PHILIP”, a science fiction novel, with Mark Aerial Waller, Cosmin Costinas, Rosemary Heather, Francis McKee, David Reinfurt and Steve Rushton.

In 2014, he co-founded “Stationary’”with Christina Li. A collection of stories published by Spring Workshop, defined as a recess from their own practices, ‘Stationary’ invites artists, curators and writers to take stock, chart and elaborate on their obsessions, fascinations and influences within a suspended temporal moment. Copies of ‘Stationary’ are distributed free of charge via stationarystories.com

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    Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury (2)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Something Wicked This Way Comes / Ray Bradbury
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Fury / Salman Rushdie
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Only Revolutions / Mark Z. Danielewski
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Night / Elie Wiesel
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Stone Raft / Jose Saramago (2)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest / Ken Kesey
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Welcome to the NHK / Tatsuhiko Takimoto
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Story of O / Pauline Réage
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Walkabout / James Vance Marshall
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four / George Orwell (4)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Robinson Crusoe / Daniel Defoe (2)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Shining / Stephen King
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Coma / Alex Garland
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Island on Bird Street / Uri Orlev
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Green Mile / Stephen King
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Tarzan of the Apes / Edgar Rice Burroughs
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Memoirs of a Madman / Gustave Flaubert
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Sleeper Awakes / H.G. Wells
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Land of the Headless / Adam Roberts
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Wittgenstein's Nephew / Thomas Bernhard
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Snow / Adam Roberts
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Misery / Stephen King
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (1)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (2) 2011
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (3)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (4)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (5)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (6)
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)
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    Secrets and Lies (The Impossibility of Reconstitutions)
    2012
    326 novels within the espionage genre deconstructed via a paper shredder
    variable dimensions
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    The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
    2013
    Printed file on A4 paper, found book illustrated by H. M. Brock, R.I. Printed by Seeley and Co Limited, London, c.
    Printed file: 1 x 29.7 x 21 cm (½ x 11¾ x 8¼ in) Book: 4.5 x 19.9 x 14 cm (1¾ x 7¾ x 5½ in)
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    Fight Club / Chuck Palahniuk (2)
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Langoliers / Stephen King
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The English Patient / Michael Ondaatje
    2012
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Long Walk / Slavomir Rawicz
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Everything Flows / Vasily Grossman
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Stone Raft / Jose Saramago (3)
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Unnamable / Samuel Beckett (2)
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The White Castle / Orhan Pamuk
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Lovely Bones / Alice Sebold
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Under The Dome / Stephen King
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    On the Beach / Nevil Shute
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Yes / Thomas Bernhard
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Possibility of An Island / Michel Houellebecq (4)
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Dhalgren / Samuel R. Delany
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Grendel / John Gardner
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Everything I Possess I Carry With Me / Herta Mueller
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Death with Interruptions / Jose Saramago
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Man In The High Castle / Philip K. Dick
    2012
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four / George Orwell (5)
    2013
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Solaris / Stanislaw Lem (3)
    2013
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Hard-boiled Wonderland and the end of the world / Haruki Murakami (2)
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Robinson Crusoe / Daniel Defoe (3)
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Bourne Identity / Robert Ludlum
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Bourne Supremacy / Robert Ludlum
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Bourne Ultimatum / Robert Ludlum
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Star Maker / Olaf Stapledon (3)
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Little Prince / Antoine de Saint Exupéry
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Sargasso / Edwin Corley
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Friday, or The Other Island / Michel Tournier
    2013
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams
    2012
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The One Hundred and Twenty Days of Sodom / Marquis de Sade
    2012
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Intimacy / Hanif Kureishi
    2012
    Painting on Canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Wall / Jean-Paul Sartre
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Jurassic Park / Michael Crichton
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Victor Hugo
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    The Invisible Man / H.G. Wells
    2011
    Painting on canvas
    61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1½ in)
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    Deleted Scenes (1)
    2008
    Photographic collage on acid free paper
    unframed: 75 x 105cm (29½ x 42 in), framed: 90 x 120 x 7.6cm (35½ x 47¼ x 3in)
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    Deleted Scenes (2)
    2008
    Photographic collage on acid free paper
    unframed: 75 x 105cm (29½ x 42 in), framed: 90 x 120 x 7.6cm (35½ x 47¼ x 3in)
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    Deleted Scenes (3)
    2008
    Photographic collage on acid free paper
    unframed: 75 x 105cm (29½ x 42 in), framed: 90 x 120 x 7.6cm (35½ x 47¼ x 3in)
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    Deleted Scenes (4)
    2008
    Photographic collage on acid free paper
    unframed: 75 x 105cm (29½ x 42 in), framed: 90 x 120 x 7.6cm (35½ x 47¼ x 3in)
  • Heman Chong
    Deleted Scenes (5)
    2008
    Photographic collage on acid free paper
    unframed: 75 x 105cm (29½ x 42 in), framed: 90 x 120 x 7.6cm (35½ x 47¼ x 3in)
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    A Christmas Carol (Past) / Charles Dickens
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    A Christmas Carol (Present) / Charles Dickens
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    A Christmas Carol (Future) / Charles Dickens
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Non-Stop / Brian Aldiss
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Slow Man / J.M. Coetzee
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Lord of the Flies / William Golding (1)
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    A Woman in the Dunes / Kobo Abe
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    The Island of the Day Before / Umberto Eco
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Never Let Me Go / Kazuo Ishiguro (2)
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Phoenix Without Ashes / Edward Bryant / Harlan Ellison
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Frost / Thomas Bernhard
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Seeing / Jose Saramago (2)
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    No Exit / Jean-Paul Sartre
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Frankenstein / Mary Shelley
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Island / Aldous Huxley
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Lust / Elfriede Jelinek
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    The Tempest / William Shakespeare
    2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Star Maker / Olaf Stapledon (2)
    2011
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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    Frankenstein Unbound / Brian Aldiss
    2011
    Acrylic on canvas
    46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)
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