Personalised Limited Edition Print
Black Dog? Ride! is an original artwork by Kevin Waite.
These are not mass produced posters - they are A2 high quality, individually signed and numbered, limited edition prints. There are only 365 available, signifying that every day of every year, someone loses their life to suicide.
Kevin tells us his motivation for this work:
"Depression has long been part of my life, and as an artist and rider I wanted to try and convey my feelings in this painting.
The rider, who feels isolated and alone, is not specifically identified because depression can affect anyone. The bike is also not specific because its about the ride not the bike.
The foreboding dark clouds show an approaching storm (signifying another onset of depression) which seems to target the rider with a central and focused highlight.
Black dogs are pursuing the rider from behind and on both sides, and a black dog is blocking his path forwards. Each of the black dogs has its menacing gaze fixed on the viewer as if taunting them (those trying to help the rider) with their claim to their prey.
The rider must find a way out. Riding allows the rider, albeit it temporarily, to outrun the dark clouds and the black dogs. Riding helps the rider to meet others who may also suffer from depression and to whom the rider can relate in their common pursuit of relief. The community of riders welcomes the rider without judgement. The community of riders gets together to specifically raise awareness and funds for what ails the rider, and this gives the rider comfort."
"Personalise your one off completely unique print with a pencil sketch by the artist.
Remember a lost rider, give a special gift to a rider who is battling the Black Dog or remind yourself that riding can help outrun the Black Dog. This takes your limited edition print to an absolutely original piece of meaningful art. The artist draws the helmet, signs and numbers your personal artwork in pencil because pencil cannot be printed or copied.
Send a pic of the riders helmet or one that includes the riders helmet. Eg a pic of the rider wearing the helmet as long as the artist can see some detail. You can also send the riders name and a special date if you wish and these will be included next to the helmet as shown on the example.
The artist will personally create a rough pencil sketch of the helmet in a print that has been specifically created with a space for the helmet, and in a style that the helmet becomes part of the story of the painting. The helmet faces the rider who in turn is looking at the helmet.
There will only ever be one of your original print!"