My entry is a photo-etching with chine-collé, of a courtyard at the Alhambra Palace. I have been lucky to visit this beautiful place on two occasions; the architecture is stunning; the decorative plaster work, mosaic tiles, wood and brick work, in repeat patterns, adorn every surface. Intimate rooms, graceful columns and archways lead you through to beautiful courtyards and gardens with splashing water features, a delight to the eye and mind.
I do hope some of you get the chance to visit this exhibition. I’m certainly looking forward to viewing the work up close, such a different experience seeing prints first-hand, as digital images don’t quite do them justice.
There are a few interesting printmaking exhibitions currently on in London.
First up; ‘Etching:The Infernal Method’curated by Norman Ackroyd and part of ‘Art Sales’ series at the Royal Academy of Arts. “This selection of works for sale by Royal Academicians and invited artists celebrates the diversity of contemporary etching practice.” It’s free and on until 19 February 2018.
Norman Ackroyd RA, Thirsk Hall, 2006. Edition of 90. Etching. 17.5 x 28 cm. (RA, exhibition Etching:The Infernal Method)
Next we have; ‘The business of prints’ at the British Museum, free and on until 28 January 2018. “This wide-ranging exhibition selects fine examples from the nation’s print collection to look at how prints were created, developed, bought and sold in the period 1400–1850.”
Abraham Bosse, The workshop of a printer (detail), etching, 1642. (The British Museum, The business of prints exhibition)
Eclectic: The Julie and Robert Breckman Collections at the V&A (image not credited by the V&A).
Finally we have this exhibition to #SaveTheDate for and #NotToBeMissed as its only on for a short while. ‘One-off: The Masters, Monoprint’, 8 – 19 November at the Bankside Gallery. “This is a compelling series of annual exhibitions focusing in turn on one of the many techniques practised by our members, … This year’s technique is monoprint and the show is being curated by Morgan Doyle RE, a highly skilled printmaker who frequently uses this technique.”
Morgan Doyle RE, As it is, monoprint (Bankside Gallery – One-off The Masters, Monoprint exhibition)
I would like to introduce this method as an easier and more practical alternative to aquatint materials already in use in print studios and schools. Hair spray is a chemical product and therefore may cause allergies or reactions. For precaution wear adequate gear and designate an enclosed space where the hair spray can be handled avoiding spreading of the particles.
Materials for the aquatint using hair spray …….. ”