'Fail We May Sail We Must' 5th Edition Screen Print

Archie Proudfoot

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This piece was inspired by the story of how the late great Andrew Weatherall, came to have the phrase 'Fail We May, Sail We Must' tattooed on his wrists after meeting a young Irish fisherman. I applied that phrase to the structure of Renaissance atlases, with their dual hemisphere layout and allegorical scenes. I created my own representations of the four elements, while also referencing Greek myth, folklore, Romantic poetry, Tarot and contemporary protest movements. This is a print drenched in symbolism!

The original painting was created in 2020. Ever since its first release as screen print its been the most popular print I've ever created. This is the fifth edition, each one has had a different colour scheme to make them distinct. For this 2023 version I went with a lilac, green and pink combination. I think it's my favourite version yet.

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This is a signed and numbered edition of 20 hand pulled four-layer screen prints on smooth 300gsm paper.

Print size: 760mm x 560mm

Please note this edition has been created by hand over many hours and layers of labour, so there may be some slight variations in the print that you see here in the photos.

Made in London by Mansons Press.

Prints are posted rolled in a reinforced extra wide cardboard tube

Postage is via Royal Mail First Class Tracked and Signed.


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Archie Proudfoot


Hi, my name is Archie and I like to paint letters. I can make your walls talk with my limited edition screen prints and original paintings. The work I create is rooted in the techniques of traditional sign painting: craft, quality and the soul that comes with the handmade are essential to what I offer. I believe that artwork changes homes and enriches lives, and It’s my mission to use the alchemy of elements in my work to do that for as many people as possible.