I may have missed out on Adam Neate’s artwork giveaway last month, but I managed to grab one of the 5,000 downloadable original prints from Turner prize winner Keith Tyson offered on his website at noon today:

History Painting (December, Kettering, Northamptonshire) by Keith Tyson

Each work consisted of a unique randomly generated sequence of vertical stripes in red, black and green, each with its own title based on the geographical location submitted by the user.

“The server will generate a sequence of the numbers one to 32 which relates to the roulette wheel,” he said. “Each number has an assigned colour. If you hit the jackpot, you’ll come away with an entirely green work. But the chances of that happening are 1 in 37 x 37 x 37, 49 times.”

The limited-edition prints relate to a body of work called the History Paintings, a group of paintings also in stripes of red, black and green, with the arrangement of the colours dictated by spins of the roulette wheel. Tyson’s artistic preoccupations include mathematical models, gambling, the operations of chance, and the systems, random or otherwise, governing human history.

Full Guardian write-up here.

One Comment

  1. Hey Marc

    Having ‘won’ one of Keith’s prints then thought you might be interested in keithtyson5000:


    Keith Tyson 5000 is a project that grows out of the DNA of Keith Tyson’s History Paintings.

    We hope to create a piece of collaborative Internet art with the community of winners that we can gift back to Keith Tyson.

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