16 March 2020

Jacqueline Aust, 18Mar-18Apr, Wellington

Displacement is the theme of both the subject and process 
of Jacqueline Aust's new series.
Underpinned by a visit to Japan that coincided with a typhoon.
Everywhere we went we were struck by how the Japanese people 
responded to such devastation.

Jacqueline Aust, Agitation V, 2020
Monotype and intaglio, chine colle, 50x81cm, 1/1

Millions of people are displaced from their homes every decade because of war, 
natural disasters and the effects of climate change. 
Whether or not we are immediately affected 
we are reminded every day of the impact this has on our lives.

The works exhibited in 'Displaced' continue my exploration of the relationship 
between autographic mark making and a response to place. 
Traditionally the process of printmaking involves a matrix, or plate, 
from which a number of works are printed. 
These works are essentially the same and are called an edition. 
My practice is to create series of works using the same plate/s 
so that each work is unique yet has a clear visual connection 
to each other work in the series. 

The printmaking process allows the placement 
and replacement of components that leave visual traces to tell the story. 
I make material decisions based on the subject of displacement 
so the aesthetics of the final work relates to the theme.

The exhibition is on at Solander Gallery, in Wellington,
from 18 March to 18 April.
For more information, see www.solandergallery.co.nz

14 March 2020

Kylie Rusk, 17-28 March, Auckland

In her latest exhibition, Kylie Rusk continues to delve into her passion 
for the New Zealand landscape. 
Using lithographic print and paint, Kylie explores the subtle variation of colour, light and form, resulting in stunningly atmospheric works of art.

Kylie is highly interested in what the landscape holds for the individual 
in terms of memory, connection, and a sense of being. 
Travelling the coast and countryside, Kylie documents scenes 
which she then reproduces in the studio.

Kylie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts 
from Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland in 2007. 
Kylie has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions, 
primarily working in lithograph prints and acrylic on canvas.

Kylie Rusk, Whangarei Heads from Ruakaka #2
Three colour lithograph with a two colour blend, 61x28cm

Rusk’s speciality is lithography. 
This historic form of printmaking involves drawing, 
painting with tusche and etching onto stone, 
before printing the image on a lithography press. 
Her rich and unique prints represent multi-layered seascapes, 
presented in a painterly and moody style. 
Rendered with warmth and sensitivity, 
each edition is limited in number ranging anywhere from 20-50 prints.

Lithography demo in the gallery on Saturday 21 March, 11am-12pm.
Kylie has a small portable lithography press
she is able to transport to the gallery for the demo.

Grey, 37 Scanlan Street, Grey Lynn.

12 March 2020

Call for Entries: InkFest 2020, Deadline 8 May

InkMasters Cairns invites NZ printmakers to enter InkFest 2020's 
International Print Award & Exhibition 
Entries Close Friday 8 May 2020 
Exhibition dates 24 July-23 August 2020

InkMasters Biennial Print Exhibition is an international juried exhibition. 
It brings together the best printmakers from our region 
with national and international artists from around the world. 
The works entered can be any print medium (or combination of media), traditional and contemporary, including 3D works and artists' books. 
100 prints will be selected from all entries.  

Sally Foster, Australian National Gallery, Canberra  
Ashleigh Campbell, Director NorthSite, Cairns 
International Cairns-based artist Brian Robinson 
of the Maluyligal and Wuthathi peoples 
of the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula.

Non-Aquistive Prizes
Dr Raya Mayo Award for Printmaking Excellence $4000 
 Award for Printmaking Merit $1000 
Award for Artist’s Book, 3D work or Novel Use of Media $1000 
Award for Innovation in Printmaking $1000 
Award for Early Career Printmaker $1000 
Further awards to be announced

For more information, see www.inkmasterscairns.com.au 

10 March 2020

Exciting New Course to Build Your Art Practice

I wanted to share with you about this exciting new 'practical-academic' course 
by Deborah Crowe, which is now open for enrolments:
Bridge: A Pracademic Approach to Building Scaffolding for Your Art Practice.

With a sustained art practice and 25+years of experience of tertiary teaching, 
postgraduate supervision and professional artist mentoring, 
Deborah specialises in working with students, artists 
and creative professionals seeking a stronger grasp 
of how to research, ways to utilise findings in your practice, 
 building strong and informative ties between research and making. 
Deborah is known for facilitating learners’ development in a style 
that is energetic, informative, robust, and empathetic.
Deborah's strategic insights will certainly help sharpen your practice!

'Bridge' is a course run over 18 weeks
 that is designed to help you develop and accelerate your art practice. 
The core aim is to build a robust research 
and contextual base that underpins your work. 
This may lead towards undertaking academic study or further education. 
The course is designed to provide you with practical tools, 
frameworks and strategies towards developing research skills, 
self-directed practice, critical and independent thinking skills, 
advanced practical skills, writing skills, and building knowledge 
and confidence in the articulation about the ideas you are developing, 
and how your practice relates to contemporary visual art.  

This course is designed for intermediate practitioners 
who have a portfolio of existing work. 
There will be coursework (practice and research-based in relation to your ideas) 
utilising an informal assessment model 
to help you gain a deeper understanding of progressions, 
strengths and areas for development in your work. 
The course structure, flexible facilitation style, 
and being part of a small cohort will provide one to one and group support 
for learners trying new things, an engaging environment for discovery learning,
 fun exercises, and will foster peer support systems. 

If this is the kind of stimulus, framework and or extension 
you want for your practice, enrol now at: www.browne.school.nz/bridge

09 March 2020

Press for Sale, Whanganui

Marty Vreede has a printmaking press for sale.
It is a 600mm wide model, 
made in 2002 at Whanganui Polytechnic. 

Hardly used, bed still in prefect condition. Generations of use still in it.
It is in Whanganui, at the Pakohe Whanganui studio. 
Needs to be up lifted from here or transported by truck.

Asking $5500 for it. 
For more information, contact Marty Vreede.

27 February 2020

Boosted: Mobile Print Shop

I'd like to tell you about a special project - 
something educational, arty, crafty, and just lots of fun - 
by our friend Graham from GTO Printers (also known as 'Inkiana Judd'). 
We want to help raise the money to get his Mobile Print Shop on the road.

In this digital age, many know printing as pressing a button on a computer. 
But there is a wonderful history to printing, going back to 1450 
and Johann Gutenberg’s invention of moveable type and the printing press.

Graham wants to share his love of printing, and especially letterpress 
by taking his 1833 Albion press to libraries, schools, markets, 
and events around Auckland and other New Zealand towns.

There are already opportunities to take the press on excursions
(so far, to Auckland Central Library, Bethel's Beach, and a local church) 
but because it weighs around 500kgs, taking it anywhere means hiring a truck. 

This fundraising campaign is to raise $3800,
to construct a purpose-built trailer with a number of special features:
Adding strong bracing to support the weight of the press. 
It needs to be capable of a one man setup when required,
 so adding lifting gear and a removable floor so it can roll up to the press. 
And also the addition of a pop-up gazebo for outdoor presentations. 

The first major out of town event is planned for May, at Featherston Booktown.
The press will be printing at workshops and walk in presentations. 
Events in Masterton and Palmerston North are also booked on this same trip.

Would you like to be part of the adventure, to help see it happen? 
You can help get the mobile print shop on the road, truly 'moveable type',
please make a donation, and it may soon be in a town near you!
If the project doesn’t reach its target, you will get your money back.
If it does reach the target, donations can claim a 33% tax deduction.

For further information, or to make a donation,
see Graham's project on the Arts Foundation's website:

22 February 2020

Exhibition: Under Pressure, til 27 April , Masterton

Under Pressure is a showcase of contemporary printmaking 
by selected Wairarapa artists is on now at Aratoi, 
Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, in Masterton
from 22 February until 27 April 2020.

Printmaking techniques include etchings, linocuts, woodcuts, 
screen prints, collagraphs, lithographs, intaglio and relief printing. 

Linda Tilyard, Nga Tuna, 2019

Public Talk: 11am on Saturday 22 February 
with artists Nick Brandon, Jo Lysaght, Linda Tilyard.   

Mezzotint Demonstration: 12-2pm, Saturday 22 February, Aratoi Foyer,
with Dutch international mezzotint ambassador, Nan Mulder. 

Nan Mulder also has an exhibition, Tenderness
which features five Mezzotints in the foyer. 
11 February - 29 February 

Nan Mulder, Tenderness
Mezzotint, 42x61cm 

For more information, see www.aratoi.org.nz

21 February 2020

Exhibition: Basia Smolnicki, Treasure in the Wilderness, to 14 March, Wellington

Basia Smolnicki’s mother arrived in Wellington in 1944.
She was one of 730 Polish refugee children welcomed to this beautiful land.
Having survived Siberian internment camps, 
and an epic overland journey to Uzbekistan, 
she boarded a troop ship bringing weary soldiers home to New Zealand.

Across the strait, in the Marlborough Sounds, Totaranui, is a bay
where Basia’s family and friends gather in the summer holidays. 
The area was a favourite place for Captain Cook 
to replenish his ships and recover from his long voyages. 
Cook named the bay, Shag Cove, but later explorers gave it the present name,
Resolution Bay, to honour Cook’s second vessel.

It was originally named by Māori as ata pō meaning ‘early dawn’.
Like its Māori name implies, the morning sun rises over Arapawa Island 
and reflects off the beautiful, still, blue waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. 

Shards of argillite in the shapes of small tools can be found on the sandy beach, evidence of historical food gathering and trade.
The native bush is regenerating and the place is now alive 
with birdsong and ground-dwelling weka.

Basia's new body of work, called Treasure in the Wilderness,
combines motifs of her mother’s story of survival 
with memories from this special place, ata pō.

Basia Smolnicki, Treasure in the Wilderness, 2020
Woodcut, 100x70cm, edition of 5

Basia Smolnicki, Sea Breeze in the Afternoon, 2020
Woodcut, 50x100cm, edition of 5

I loved that the works were substantial, most were 100x70cm.
They are bold graphic woodcut motifs, 
but also have sensitive and intriguing visual storytelling.
Honestly, there were several I was keen to acquire for my own walls, 
but with small edition sizes of just 5,
when I arrived a few days after the opening most were already sold out!
Deservedly so, Basia, I am a big fan.

The exhibition is on at Solander Gallery until 14 March,
I urge you to go visit if you're in the neighbourhood,
or you can check out all the images online at solandergallery.co.nz

20 February 2020

Press for Sale, Dunedin

This printmaking press is available for purchase in Dunedin.  
It was made in 2004, it has had only one owner.  

The press bed is 121cm, and 63cm high.
Base has a tray to use as storage.
Handles are removable.

Pick up from Dunedin only.
Very heavy lift needs two strong people to move.
(You can separate rollers from base)

Comes with two layers of felt.
Also some other accessories like trays and ink.

Asking $3000.
*Sorry, this press is now SOLD*
If you know of any other presses for sale in NZ, please let us know!

30 January 2020

Exhibition: Sue Cooke, til July 2020, Palmerston North

Whanganui-based artist Sue Cooke’s new exhibition 'A Songless Land' 
eulogises lost New Zealand forests, 
and highlights the plight of those forests remaining, 
including the devastating issue of Kauri dieback.

Before the arrival of humans in Aotearoa New Zealand, 
85% of its land area was covered with indigenous forests. Now it’s a mere 15%.

“Sadly, despite many organisations and individuals working 
to preserve and reverse the trend, 
New Zealand’s forests are still being lost, albeit at a slower pace.”

The artist chose to create large-scale artworks so that visitors feel enclosed,
overpowered and dwarfed by the forest experience. 
It took the artist three years to develop drawings, 
small scale models and artwork for this exhibition. 
The concepts evolved during a year of travel and research 
into deforestation around New Zealand, 
funded by the Pollack Krasner Foundation, New York, in 2015-16.

You can see this work at Te Manawa Museum Art Gallery.
For more information, see www.suecooke.co.nz