Current printmaking exhibitions in London

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)

Next up is ‘Eclectic: The Julie and Robert Breckman Collections at the V&A’, free and on until 4 March 2018. “This display features some of the best prints and posters acquired for the V&A through The Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund over a decade of collecting.”

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)

 

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Monoprint Experiments – Imagined Spaces

Recently whilst printing the edition for ‘Alhambra Arches’ linocut, I made various rough monoprints to use up the leftover ink on the plate. The monoprints are quite rough and ready so I scanned them and combined them in Photoshop to make new images. These are images of imagined spaces in a style very different to what I normally produce, so I am not sure how I feel about them yet, I’ll have to live with them awhile to find out. The prints were telling me their own story to do with secrets, anticipation and expectation. So what do you think?

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(© Catherine Cronin)

 

 

SWA 154th Annual Exhibition 5-13th June

I am super excited to find out that one of my prints has been selected for exhibition at this years The Society of Women Artists annual exhibition in June at the Mall Galleries, London.

http://www.society-women-artists.org.uk/annual-exhibition.html

My selected print is a monoprint with hand inking ‘Alhambra Arches’ – below:

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Digital Photo of Print

 

 

Alhambra Arches Monotype & Ink Hand Colouring

Close Up Scan

 

 

(© Catherine Cronin)