SOCIETY OF WOOD ENGRAVERS until 19 Feb 2017

I visited the annual exhibition of work from the Society of Wood Engravers at Bankside Gallery this week – if you are interested in printmaking you have till tomorrow to see this exhibition.

Here are my favourite three prints from the exhibition in no particular order – it’s always the birds that get my attention time and time again. Click on the images to be taken to the artists’ websites.

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Julian Witts, ‘Black Grouse’, Black & White Woodcut.

 

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Peter Brown, ‘The Stalker’, Linocut

 

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Rosamund Fowler, ‘Cherry Blossom’, Wood Engraving

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Seeing Print Exhibitions and Sculpture on the Southbank 26/09/2015

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.

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‘Contradiction’, Linocut, Winner of the Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies Award by Ade Adesina http://www.adeadesina.com/prints.html

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Last of the Winter Light, Linocut with Copper Leaf by Melvyn Evans http://melvynevans.com

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Leaftree, Carborundum and Handcolouring by Ursula Leech http://www.axisweb.org/p/ursulaleach/

 

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.

[no title] 1995 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77947

[no title] 1995 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77947

[no title] 1995 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77939

[no title] 1995 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77939

[no title] 1995 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77951

[no title] 1995 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77951

Female Nude on a Kitchen Chair 1977-9 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1984 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77011

Female Nude on a Kitchen Chair 1977-9 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1984 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77011

 

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.

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Stillness Born Of HistoryII, 2012, EmilyYoung http://www.emilyyoung.com

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Stillness Born Of History II, EmilyYoung, 2012 http://www.emilyyoung.com

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Large Blue Purbeck Head, 2012, EmilyYoung http://www.emilyyoung.com

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Mont Amiata Warrior, 2012, EmilyYoung http://www.emilyyoung.com