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Published July 03, 1996 Updated April 19, 2022

The Deal Playing-card Project

A deck of cards produced as a creative collaboration and made possible largely through volunteers and sponsorship of various kinds.

USA No Name Exhibitions Collaborative 1996

The DEAL Playing Card Project

Artwork for this "exhibition in a box" was donated by artists living in Minnesota, USA. The contributions, of various sizes and media, were exhibited at No Name Gallery and then sold at public auction in June 2000.  The deck of cards illustrated below was produced as a creative collaboration between No Name Exhibitions and Red Eye, and made possible largely through volunteers and sponsorship of various kinds.

The deck is really interesting to study - the variety of techniques and media - the styles of expression and design - lots of good ideas - all the works deserve to be seen in a gallery to be fully appreciated. The back features richly grained planks, a type of literal "deck".

Jack of spades by Chris Larson Queen of spades by Melba Price Four of diamonds by Colette Gaiter Eight of diamonds by Robert Perkins
Ace of clubs by Christine Baeumler Six of clubs by David Rathman King of hearts by Stacey Davidson Joker by Mo Donohue

52 cards, 2 jokers plus 2 extra cards in a plastic box, accompanied by a gallery guide containing facts, musings and notes about the artists.

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By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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