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Previous Collaborators @ The RA Summer Exhibition

RA Summer Exhibition

This year's exhibition is now open at the Royal Academy and features a strong line up of our previous collaborating artists...

MALI MORRIS RA - STEPHEN CHAMBERS RA - PETER RANDALL-PAGE RA - CORNELIA PARKER RA - PAULA REGO RA - RICHARD LONG RA - HUMPHREY OCEAN RA - NIGEL HALL RA - JANE DIXON - ANTHONY GREEN RA - JANE HARRIS - JOHN CARTER RA - ALISON WILDING RA -

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT A PAINTING IS THE WAY IT BECOMES A WORLD, ANOTHER WORLD THAT MOVES YOU AND DRAWS YOU IN.
— MALI MORRIS: PAINTING
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MALI MORRIS RA

MARDI GRAS

Mardi Gras was produced in the Studio earlier this year and can be found in Gallery VII, which has been curated by fellow RA Anne Desmet.

Stephen Chambers RA is also among this year’s selection and hanging committee for the Summer Exhibition, taking over The Lecture Room. The show runs until 12th August 2019.

Pictured Centre: Oceania  (taken from  The Big Country ) - Stephen Chambers RA

Pictured Centre: Oceania (taken from The Big Country) - Stephen Chambers RA

Print of The Month: May 2019

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Jo Taylor, Totem

Date: 2014

Size (cm - unframed): 62 x 50 cm

Technique: Screenprint

Materials: Somerset Velvet 300gsm

Edition size: 50

Publisher: The Print Studio

Copyright: The Artist

Through direct observation informing her practice, Jo Taylor fluently captures both dynamic movement alongside the technical anatomy of her equine subjects. Her work is fuelled by an intrinsic knowledge of her subject, gained - in part - from many hours making studies uncomfortably stooped within stables in addition to attending post-mortem examinations within residency at a Department of Veterinary Science. The energy and fluidity to her large-scale work reflects a genuine compassion for the Horse, achieving both dramatic, thundering gallops and moments of quiet solace and grace.

“[Jo] knows her subject inside out, both literally and metaphorically. The transparency of her drawings is there in the musculature that underlies the outer appearance and in the way that the piece is constructed. These are not just drawings of description, these animals are alive."

Kip Gresham [1]

Linework and multiple layers can be seen in both her paintings and prints created in The Studio – flat paper is given a three-dimensional surface. Her approach typically assembles an almost skeletal framework to each animal using media such as charcoal, chalks, watercolour, acrylic, bitumen and wax. The loose lines add not only texture and volatility, but are also suggestive of the internal workings and structures under the skin.

“I try to capture a sense of their power and presence… I am trying to put muscle down and breathe life into the work, so hopefully the viewer can feel as if they can see the other side of the beast in my work – as though they can walk around it.”

Jo Taylor [2]

The true understanding of her subject is accredited in Totem, the lines of the drawing showing a tautness in the muscles as the horse pulls itself back in a skittish stance. Finicky and characterful, this striking portrait is another real example of the artist’s intimate connection to the Horse.

The print is an edition of 50 of which just a few copies are available for sale. For enquiries, please contact the Studio at info@theprintstudio.co.uk. In 2015, it was included as part of Daedalus Print Club of which more information can be found here.

Jo has worked with Kip and the PSC for a number of years generating a collection including both screenprint and etching. Last year she exhibited in several shows including The National Horseracing Museum and The Royal Academy as well as internationally in the U.S. and Dubai. Her work is represented by Thompsons Gallery, London.

Jo & Kip in The Studio

Jo & Kip in The Studio

The Studio will be welcoming her back to work upon a new print in coming months. Last month - in preparation for her return - the artist revealed exciting experiments upon Truegrain, the surface coveted by Kip himself that allows incredible texture, wash and detail to be achieved in print. Follow this link to her Instagram for a sneak preview.

Quotes & Information for this post is taken from:

[1] Watt’s Gallery Page

[2] Jo’s website

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Print of The Month: April 2019

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John McLean, Balkaskie

Date: 2013
Size (cm - unframed): 40.5 x 34.5
Technique: etching and screenprint
Materials: Somerset Velvet Cream 300gsm
Edition size: 10
Publisher: The Print Studio
Copyright: The Artist

Scottish painter John McLean’s work has been described as ‘sensual’ and a ‘colour experience’. His portfolio of work created at PSC hints at his playful and spontaneous approach to all his image-making. Absorbing himself in ‘the magic of colour’, the artist uses every precious moment in creative application to ask all the right questions in order to direct the journey of where to take a picture.

“What if? What if? But now - to hell! Just do it and see.”

Two techniques converge in ‘Balkaskie’, a mixture of drypoint and screenprint that captures a sense of both the texture of the hard-bristled brushstrokes and energetic pop of colour typical of a work by McLean. The application skilfully explores tonality, colour and shape relationships to create an image that dances across the surface of the paper.

“What I’m hoping for is a punchy little b*****d…”

This month marks the anniversary of a film documentary following the inspiring resilience of the artist. ‘Which Way Up’ captures a sensitive view of the intelligence and humour that he refuses to surrender, along with his desire to paint. Quotes from John above are taken from the documentary, below you will find the trailer.

Kip & John working on the series produced at the Studio in 2013

Kip & John working on the series produced at the Studio in 2013

‘Balkaskie’ is an edition of just 10. The few remaining copies are available for sale at £720 including VAT and shipping within the U.K. For shipping outside the U.K., please contact the Studio at info@theprintstudio.co.uk

You can find a link to the print listing on our Shop here: www.theprintstudio.co.uk/the-shop/john-mclean-balkaskie

You can see more of John McLean’s work with Kip and The Print Studio in The Art of Collaboration at The Heong Gallery.

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Studio Update...

The past few months have been an intense and busy time. The Art of Collaboration is in full swing, but the work never ceases! 

The opening night of the show was a real success, and the gallery space was packed to bursting! A whirlwind of an evening, thank you to all who were there and those who have since paid a visit. You have until 19th May, if you are yet to see the work.

It is also worth noting, Dr Prerona Prasad - the excellent curator of the show - is holding free tours 'after hours’ on two further occasions, each session exploring a theme surrounding the exhibition. On Wednesday 3rd April, the evening will focus conversation upon the history of Screenprinting and its transition as an art form. Wednesday 17th April will explore originality and editioning of prints.

WEDS 3rd April 6PM: FROM LOW ART TO ART FORM

WEDS 17th April 6PM: ORIGINAL MULTIPLES

The exhibition was recently reviewed by Studio International, one of the world’s leading art journals. Boasting a worldwide readership with more than 200,000 readers a month and over 4.5 million page views a year, its undoubtedly a great feature. You can find and read the review following this link: https://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/kip-gresham-the-art-of-collaboration-review-heong-gallery-downing-college-cambridge

Back in The Studio, recent work includes new pieces with Willard Boepple. 6 days with the sculptor has produced 3 configurations of work exploring colour ways, paper surface and shape - the quintessential, three-dimensional and punchy forms have got us reeling to push further. ‘Underwrap’, ‘Fold’ and ‘Jug’ in construction from shades of deep purple, cyan and reds.

This week, work for Nigel Hall’s series continues. Appointed a month of the year, the 12 works already created are now being paired with poetry. The series has been an incredible journey so far, with approximately 90 colours, 1200 individual prints will result in an edition of 100 copies.


Commencing next week, we have the proofing of Anthony Green’s ‘The Clock. We also have John Carter’s print for Daedalus finished and ready for signing. Stay tuned for its release. Carter's show ’Sight Lines’ opens in just over a week at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. It runs 30 March - 9 June.

We have just heard that the new monograph Mali Morris: Painting, published by the RA, is now available. With a text by Sam Cornish and a preface by Mel Gooding, as well as some writings by the artist, this hardback book presents a survey of Morris’s work from the late 70s to the present day. A solo show of 27 early works On Paper is at the Tennant Gallery, Royal Academy, 28 March — 4 August 2019, and Mali Morris RA Selects is at the Collections Room Cabinet, Royal Academy, 6 April – 4 August 2019.

A few of her prints created with Kip in The Studio are in RA Collection;  Toussaint I ( 2014) is pictured above.

A few of her prints created with Kip in The Studio are in RA Collection; Toussaint I (2014) is pictured above.

“What I love about a painting is the way it becomes a world, another world that moves you and draws you in.”

 

Mali Morris: Painting can be purchased from the RA Shop for £30, and a limited edition of 50, including a print, is available for £450. You can find a link here: https://shop.royalacademy.org.uk/mali-morris-hb

POTM March 2019

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Nick Kennedy

‘Timecast (Green)’, 2013

Originally posted on St Patrick’s Day upon our Facebook page, our Print of the Month for March is from a series created in 2013 with Newcastle-based artist Nick Kennedy:

‘Timecast (Green)’
Two individual and one-off screenprints were made, one in this vivid green and another in warm oranges
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‘Timecast’ relates to the artist’s work using a machine-aided drawing process...
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“It is always a wonderful experience to work with Kip. His wealth of knowledge and skills are an inspiration but it is his intuative sense that really made our collaboration tick. With this series of prints we made together he was able to get inside the work and understand it, which allowed me to translate what was happening in drawing into something new and exciting. We produced a large body of work exploring a range of colour relationships without losing the essential qualities of slowness and subtle tonal trace inherent in the process of making.” .
Size (cm - unframed): 40 x 40
Technique: Screenprint
Materials: Somerset TS 410gsm
Edition size: Unique
Publisher: The Print Studio, Cambridge/The Artist
© Copyright: The Artist

For more information on his work, visit his website: https://www.nickkennedy.info/
He is represented by Platform A, Middlesbrough @platform_a_gallery , please direct sales enquiries to them.

EDZNÁ / COPÁN / MAYA

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EDZNÁ

CAROL ROBERTSON, 2014 - 2016

In 2014, Carol Robertson made a trip to Central America, taking particular interest in sites of Mayan archaeology and culture. In the subsequent two years, Robertson made a number of monoprints at PSC.

The artist’s concern for the emblematic shape of the circle hints towards Mayan calendars from which solar, lunar, stellar and mythological readings could traditionally be made. With her use of the circle, Robertson not only makes a visual parallel to these cultural influences, but also uses the shape to imbue her own memories and observations. The layers of context are reflected in the application of colour where up to nine different screens were used to lay down the concentric rings. Compressed into precise spherical confines, the image is constructed and unlocked through layers of transparent ink, each one scrutinisingly placed to allow registration with its predecessor below. This process allowed the experimentation with many colour configurations, cross-referencing each other – these animations revealing a rhythm and vibration to the series, the circles appearing to expand and contract.

I. ‘Edzná’ (2014), is named after a Maya site located in Mexico

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II. ‘Copán’ (2016), takes its reference to another site in Honduras

‘Maya’ seen in-situ. Image: @becshomestyle

‘Maya’ seen in-situ. Image: @becshomestyle

A further related print seen above, ‘Maya’ (2014), is featured as an exclusive Daedalus Print Club edition. For more information

see www.theprintstudio.co.uk/print-club

Robertson's 2011 print 'Starcross' will be included as part of the upcoming exhibition, The Art of Collaboration. Opening in less than two weeks time at The Heong Gallery, and runs 1 March – 19 May. The artist holds the edition, and you can contact us for sales through our email info@theprintstudio.com.

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As you may already be aware, the upcoming exhibition at The Heong Gallery is just two short weeks away...

The catalogue is in print and flyers will be distributed very shortly, so share the word. Enjoying these prints cannot be encouraged enough as many have been kept ‘under wraps’ and can be truly appreciated at depth in person. We hope you will find your way there in the next few months.

More information can be found upon The Heong Gallery website here.

POTM January 2019 - Alison Wilding RA: Pheathon

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Phaethon

Size (cm - unframed): 75.5 x 99.5 cm
Technique: Screenprint
Materials: Somerset Velvet 300gsm
Edition size: 30
Publisher: The Print Studio & The Artist
Copyright: The Artist

Alison Wilding RA, Phaethon, 2016

Known predominantly as a sculptor, Alison Wilding typically clashes materials in acts of balance and contrast. Combining structural forms -  often in pairs - her work suggests narratives of dark vs light, positive vs negative and hard vs soft. She again appreciates a relationship between the elements in Phaethon.

With curving movements of varying solidity and transparency, the three-dimensional quality of her sculptural practice is translated here to a work on paper using a combination of painted washes and knife-cut masking film. 

The dramatic shapes and scale of Phaethon show a direct reference to its title and associations with Greek Myth and the sun. Created with The Print Studio in 2016, the work was featured in the 249th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy the following year. 

The print is an edition of 30 of which copies are available for sale at £2500 inc VAT and shipping within the U.K. For shipping outside the U.K., please contact the Studio at info@theprintstudio.co.uk

Last year, Wilding was again featured in the Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy in addition to her solo exhibitions hosted in Bexhill On Sea, Manchester and most recently Cambridge: a show titled On The Edge. The work of the twice Turner-Prize nominee extends internationally having exhibited solo in the U.S. and Canada as well as having collections in locations as far away as Australia. Locally, an example of her sculptural work, Melancholia (2003), can be found within the gardens of Jesus College, Cambridge.

Wilding will also feature as part of The Art of Collaboration at The Heong Gallery, Downing College which opens March 2019. See our last post for further details.

Wilding is represented by Karsten Schubert, based in Soho, London. Further enquiries on the artist and further work can be found through info@karstenschubert.com

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THE ART OF COLLABORATION

The Art of Collaboration will celebrate over 40 years of artistic partnerships with giants of the British and international art world, featuring work by 21 Royal Academicians. An exhibition that documents a timeless medium and The Print Studio history, collaboration being a key element in the process.

1 March - 19 May

The Heong Gallery, Downing College

Featured Artists: Peter Blake, Susan Hiller, Antony Gormley, Richard Long, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker, Alison Wilding, and Paula Rego, to name but a few.

‘The day to day reality is one of dirty hands, bad backs, beautiful colours, seductive papers and, above all surprises from the artists, those magicians. That's why one does this stuff; This Is Important.’

Kip Gresham

See below for further details. More information can be found upon The Heong Gallery website here. To find the venue, enter the Main Gate on Regent Street (to see a map of the College grounds follow this link)

Hurvin Anderson

Hurvin Anderson made a print with us, Still life with artificial flowers, for The Government Art Collection.

This was the first commission for the 10 10 series.

The G.A.C. wrote:

Still Life with Artificial Flowers is an intricate print that evokes a snapshot of the artist’s mother’s front room in Birmingham.  Hurvin Anderson graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 1994 and his distinct painting style is informed both by British painters such as Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews and David Hockney as well as a generation of Black British artists, Sonia Boyce, Eddie Chambers and Keith Piper. The youngest of eight siblings, Anderson was the only child not to be born in Jamaica, instilling an interest in this dual identity that plays throughout his work.

For the print commission, Anderson has worked with The Print Studio’s Kip Gresham and Alan Grabham to replicate sourced and saved fabrics and wallpapers. The thirteen base colours in the print are built up from 15 stencils over 21 layers. The rich use of pattern to flatten and confuse the space references the techniques of Henri Matisse.

The vase shown belongs to Anderson’s mother, a prized possession that travelled with her from Jamaica becoming something of an iconic item. Set against the warm, deep red, flocked wallpaper and intricate lace doilies Anderson’s interest lies in the heavily patterned ‘kitsch’ aesthetic and its nod to ‘pop’ culture, elevating inexpensive everyday items. The reverence of these items are indicators of luxury and comfort, marking the front room as the best room in the house.  

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Print of the month, May 2018

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Carol Robertson, Maya

Maya is a screenprint, made in 2014. The sheet size is 45 x 44cm. It is pencil signed by the artist in the lower right margin, numbered on the left. It carries the Print Studio chop mark also at lower right.This image was printed by The studio on a sheet of white, wove Somerset Velvet 300gsm paper. The edges are all hand torn. The sheets are in perfect condition.

 

The print, published by the Print Studio, is one of an edition of 50, of which a few copies are available for sale for £660.00 inc vat and shipping in the UK.  For shipping outside the UK, please contact The Studio at info@theprintstudio.co.uk

A medium sized screenprint, the image of which  which emerged form an extended group of monoprints made after a journey to Latin America. The colours derived from local influences such as textiles and the light in the landscape. It is a tour de force of fine registration with many layers of transparent white modulation the palette.

Carol Robertson is a painter & printmaker working in London. She was born in Berkshire, England in 1955, studied at Cardiff College of Art & Chelsea School of Art. She has won many awards, presented 36 one-person international exhibitions and undertaken many residencies. Her work is held in many public and corporate collections.

The Print Studio has collaborated with her on a number of occasions, generally exploring her ideas through mono printing. Each project is the distillation of a long series of paintings and drawings in which the structure, the palette and the layering are gradually refined.

Maya was made as part of The Studio’s print club, Daedalus which started in 2009. 

Stephen Chambers RA at Christies 'Multiplied 2015'

Our very own RA Stephen Chambers is showing with the Emma Hill Eagle Gallery at Christies in London's Print fait, Multiplied 2015. Many of the prints we have made with him will be on show, along with the recent edition Journey without Maps, East and West, shown at the RA Summer show of 2015. We are also very excited that Carol Robertson's monoprints Copán will also be shown with Flowers Gallery. We made the Copán series with Carol earlier this year.

View our Daedalus collection at new cafe 'Stir'

Next Monday Stir, a new cafe on the corner of Chesterton Road and Hawthorn Way, Cambridge, will be exhibiting some of our prints from the Daedalus Print Club collection. Details of how to join the club can be found on our website. Do bring friends along who might be interested in joining our affordable collectors club... and of course anyone who likes good coffee in the presence of good art.

Mali Morris

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Mali Morris has some of her work in a show about the famous studios of Stockwell Depot at The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich Galleries from 24 July - 12 September 2015.

'Stockwell Depot 1967 - 1979' focuses on a twelve year period from the studios founding to when the last in a series of eleven annual exhibitions was held. Open Tuesdays - Saturdays 11am - 5pm.

Mali's print 'Toussaint II' will  be showing at Horatio Junior Gallery in an exhibition dedicated to print. 

Works include Engraving, Etching, Dry point, Aquatint, Mezzotint, Relief, Lithograph and Screen-print.

Private View Friday 9 October, 6.30-8.30

Exhibition continues 18-31 October.

Horatio Junior, The Lord Nelson, 66 Canon Beck Road, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7DN  

 

This print is also available to buy on our website along with Toussaint I, III and IV from the same series.

The Original Print Show at The Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

The Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk, North Yorkshire are exhibiting a selection of prints from the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Norman Ackroyd CBE RA has selected the show bringing "some of the best prints produced in the UK in the past year to the heart of Yorkshire".

If you are heading that way, then The Zillah Bell Gallery is well worth the visit.

We are delighted to see works we made this year with Stephen Chambers RA and Mali Morris RA are on show.

Please go to www.zillahbellgallery.co.uk for more information. The show runs from the 5th September to the 31st October.

New edition with Jo Taylor

We have just been making 7 large stencils for Jo Taylor's new print of this beautiful horse. These energetic drawings arrived yesterday. We have an exciting week ahead of us and will keep you posted as the image unfolds!

David Webb visits the studio

London based painter and first time print maker David Webb spent a week with us recently to learn about some of our print making techniques with a view to working together in the future.

We covered many techniques from Screen printing and Etching to Chine-collé, Photo etching and mono printing. We really look forward to working with him again. Here is a link to his paintings.

 

Dartmoor Arts 2015

We have just come back from an amazing week in Dartmoor teaching printmaking to a group of lovely art students. 

We taught photo etching, drypoint, screen printing, and many varieties of mono printing. We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of our 10 students who all did brilliantly. At one point there were 4 tutors and the range of work was extraordinary.

Many thanks to Dartmoor Arts and the students for making our job so enjoyable.

A quiet beginning...

that got busier...

and busier...

with some relaxation at the end of each day...

Finally a review of what we had achieved.

What a wonderful week. Keep an eye on http://www.dartmoorarts.com/ for next years programme.

Jane Dixon at Somerset House

We are so pleased that Jane Dixon's print Regeneration II (Chicago), 2007 is currently on show at Somerset House in an exhibition called Beneath the Surface.

The show is curated by Martin Barnes (Senior Curator of Photographs at V&A) and showcases rarely seen historical and contemporary works from the V&A collection, depicting life in one of London's most ancient quarters.

The show runs until the 24th of August. More of Jane's work can be seen here and Regeneration II (Chicago), 2007 can be bought here!