This collection of selected works created during the years 1990-99 has been brought together by the Royal Cornwall Museum. Grounded firmly in figurative representations of everyday subject matter, these works convey strong visceral content that tackles the emotions that lie beneath the mundane and the ordinary.

During this period Litten made use of a wide range of humble, domestic or found materials including envelope, ping pong bats and assembled furniture parts. Joseph Clarke director of Anima Mundi wrote “the addition of hair, stuffed creatures, staples, screws, the scraps of paper or board that the work was made on, often created formal as well as emotional shift; important vehicles for helping the strange message within to reveal itself and go to work on the viewer.”

The paintings sometimes reference song titles and other incidental day to day trivia. His use of wit is a striking factor in this work which aims to embrace a playful creativity that challenges ideas of art elitism and art as commodity.

A 36 page publication, ‘Everyday Means- selected small works 1990-99’ is available to purchase from the museum shop.