'Cow Mutations', Tim Head, 1987

Cows are reduced to a patterned, flat black and white image. Repeated ears, eyes, and noses are still recognisable.

Acrylic, sandtex on canvas, 168 x 209cm

Accession Number WAG10612

This work won first prize in the John Moores 15 painting competition in 1987.

'Cow Mutations', generated by the perfunctory image on a supermarket milk carton, explores a synthetic imagery only tenuously connected to the 'natural' world', uncovering an artificial terrain of simulated textures and shaped in which, silently, anything can be changed into anything else.

Tim Head was born in London in 1946. He studied at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and St Martin's School of Art.