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The Masterpiece

A Stirring Comic by Olivia Plender

The Masterpiece

A Stirring Comic by Olivia Plender

Issues One to Five

Published on the occasion of the exhibition:

Olivia Plender: Rise Early, Be Industrious

20 April - 17 June 2012, MK Gallery


The Masterpiece – started in 2003 and now on its fifth issue – is an endless sequence of images clipped from film stills, driven along by a script pulled straight from the pages of an American-style thriller. Set in the seedy underworld of postwar London, it tells the story of Nick, a hapless young painter who sets out to create the mythical art work of the title. The already fragmented storyline quickly descends into chaos, as Nick finds himself trapped in a haunted mansion with mysterious rituals going on around him.


Concept and design by Olivia Plender.


Co-published by MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, Arnolfini, Bristol and Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.


The Masterpiece was first published as a serial comic book between 2003 and 2006.



62 pages




Out of stock


Related Exhibition

Olivia Plender
Rise Early, Be Industrious