Last weekend I went to see original prints on display at Bankside Gallery which was exhibiting work that was accepted for the National Original Print Competition 2015 (the exhibition has ended now). It was great to see such a varied collection of print techniques, styles and subject matter in one place. It was also a pleasure to see prints up close by printmakers I have found online through social networks; the nuances of texture, ink and paper surface get lost to some extent when digitised for web publication.
You can view and download for free the exhibition catalogue here: http://issuu.com/banksidegallery/docs/nope_catalogue
Here are my top three prints from the exhibition.
Next door at the Tate Modern, on Level 4 in Artist Rooms they have hung a dynamic collection of George Baselitz prints from his ‘Gothic Maidens’ series and a huge linocut of his wife ‘Female Nude on a Kitchen Chair’. I was so glad I got to see this work, printing can be a laboured process, but these prints belie this with their spontaniety of line, and their vigor. These are fresh images that keep you looking.
Behind the Tate Modern, new sculptures had been placed around the three residential/commercial low rise buildings just off Sumner Street. The sculptures were human heads by the artist Emily Young, and they looked striking in situ.