31 March 2011

Aberystwyth Printmakers Exhibition in Northland

Art at Wharepuke in Kerikeri will be hosting an exhibition
by a selection of Aberystwyth Printmakers from 1 April – 1 May
The exhibition is titled A/P on A4.

This group show is from printmakers working at an open access print studio in Aberystwyth, Wales
and it continues the gallery's series of shows from international printmaking workshops.
It is a diverse selection of subjects and print techniques,
and all the works are printed on A4-sized paper. 

I thought you might like to see a selection of some works from the exhibition: 

Ian Williams (Wales), Kirkardbright Bay, 2011

C.Clinch (Wales), 2011

Susanne Frey (Wales), Sweet Peas, 2011

A.Turner (Wales), 2011

Catherine Thompson (Wales), Wind and Rain, 2011

This is a great opportunity for us NZ printmakers to see work from around the world.
See Art at Wharepuke's website for a map and opening hours, 
otherwise all the works in the show can be seen here on Art at Wharepuke's Flickr website.

Struan Hamilton

Struan Hamilton has a viscosity etching and 3 large screenprints
currently being displayed at House of Hedone
as part of their latest 'Underground Art and Jewellery' show.

Struan Hamilton, Furnace
Viscosity Etching

The aim is to bring together the most beautiful, unusual and exclusive collection
of art, fashion, furniture and accessories that are made in New Zealand.

Struan Hamilton

The collection can be seen now at 5b High St, in Auckland's CBD.
Check House of Hedone's website for a map and opening hours.

29 March 2011

West Auckland Printmaking Group

The 'West Auckland Printmaking Group' 
had their first printmaking group meeting nearly 2 weeks ago,
 5 people attended & all had a great time.

They decided on future dates to meet, which have now been booked with Corbans Estate.
Put these dates in your diary, they are all on Saturdays 12-4pm:
16 April, 21 May, 18 June, 16 July, 13 August,

10 September, 15 October, 12 November & 10 December.

There will be a minimal fee to cover costs of room and press hire;
$40 for a 5-week block to be paid upfront, or a $10 drop-in fee per class. 

Also, they'd like for the group to have a name 
so please come next time with some ideas, or email through some suggestions.

If you'd like to recieve any further information about the group
please email Ruby Oakley

27 March 2011

Print Season 2011 Exhibition Three

The third exhibition of Print Season 2011
is on at St.Paul St Gallery in Auckland City from 1-9 April,
with opening event on this Thursday 31 March at 5.30pm

Showing work by Barry Cleavin and Jason Greig

Barry Cleavin, Laminations Over Toy Soldiers, 2010

Barry Cleavin’s work uses humour and a compelling graphic sensibility
to interpret and comment on society, saying
"Mostly I reduce the world to absurdity; in that form it is manageable." 

Jason Greig, Hyde Transforms, 2010
Jason Greig’s work takes a darker tack,
exploring the macabre and sinister sides of the human psyche.
See the St.Paul St Gallery website for map and details of other events.

26 March 2011

Jane Barry

I really enjoy learning about more NZ printmakers whose work I really like.
This week  I came across Jane Barry's work 
and thought I'd post it here for you to enjoy as well.

Jane Barry is a Christchurch artist who's influence and inspiration
comes a lot from the peninsula, and coastal landscapes and seascapes,
and the emotional feelings these places incite.

Her 2006-7 series called Shag Rock, were influenced by, and dedicated to,
her daughter who died at birth, and whose ashes are scattered there.
Jane Barry, Shag Rock Abstract 2, 2007

Her 2009 exhibition called Keeping Sight Of The Shore
dedicated to her son Isaac, who arrived safely at the end of 2007,
and was also based around aspects of the beach and peninsula.
They in this show were predominantly engravings;
 some appear more calm, windless and ethereal
 others appear quite squally, dark and haphazard.

Jane Barry, Lament, 2009
Monoprint, 75x95cm

Her new print work, a series called New Black,
were scheduled to be on display now at CoCA in Christchurch
however the gallery suffered damage in the earthquake and has not re-opened.
The artist statement online says her images
"are not derivative of definite idea or specific theme.
 [...] they are more subliminal, instinctive,
and are the consequence of paper, ink, press and invention".

Jane Barry, Undercurrent, 2010
Monoprint, drypoint, chine collé and mixed media

Even though the CoCA Gallery is not currently open,
these new works can be seen here on the CoCA website.

For more about Jane Barry (and her artworks) click here to see her website.

25 March 2011

Printmaking Books

Yesterday I visited the library to look at printmaking books.
I found a bunch of old & new ones I hadn't read before.
Some look useful for instruction, some with interesting pictures,
some good for a quick browse of techniques or artists or styles.

It got me thinking... Perhaps you have a favourite print book?
One you love or 'can't live without'? One you've just discovered?
One that you'd recommend to other NZ printmakers?

Now, I'm guessing you aren't going to tell me what you are reading
unless I start the discussion with the 3 books I'm reading this week, so here they are:

It has a section of 7 pages of different examples of 'cuts' for creating tone in woodcuts
(eg parallel lines, cross-hatch, needle-shaped, cloud, chasing dots, string, rain, wavy etc)
which will be a great teaching resource for my students.

It's always hard to find books with good illustrations of collagraph & monoprint.
This has some good examples in a range of styles 
including landscapes, abstract, painterly prints, and drawings using line and texture.

Example of how simple hand-cut stencils can be used to create quick and interesting art.

If you are interested, perhaps see if you can get them through your library.
Post a comment below so we can all hear about your favourites,
or what print-related books you are reading at the moment.

24 March 2011

Julienne Francis exhibition at NorthArt

Julienne Francis has some new print work
being exhibited at North Art in Northcote, Auckland.
The exhibition is on now until 1 April.

I also read that Julienne Francis will be available in the gallery 
 this Sunday 27 March at 2pm
 to talk about her series In the Beginning on a informal basis.

Julienne Francis, Creating Day & Night, 2011
Aquatint & mixed media on paper
61x49cm (framed), edition of 4

If you are interested see NorthArt's website
for opening hours and a map of its location.

Monoprint Workshop for Teachers, Auckland, 2 April

Dilworth School in Auckland are hosting a
Monoprint Workshop
especially for intermediate and secondary teachers
from 10am-2pm on Saturday 2 April

An example of  Monoprint:
Beth Charles, Aurora, 2010
Monotype, 58x42cm.

It is FREE, so get in contact with Dilworth School
if you want to register or get more information.

20 March 2011

Stanley Palmer

An exhibition of new works by Stanley Palmer
will be on show from 24 March - 30 April at Solander Gallery in Wellington.
Opening event is on Wednesday 23 March from 5.00-7.30pm.

Stanley Palmer, Matauri, 2010
Bamboo engraving and lithography on linen, 30x57cm

Stanley Palmer is a significant New Zealand printmaker and painter.
This exhibition of his new works shows a variety of techniques and processes
from screenprints on linen to his pioneering bamboo engravings.

Throughout his career he has remained fascinated by landscapes,
and the way they conveying much more than topographical information.

For more information see Solander Gallery website
or contact by email info@solandergallery.co.nz

19 March 2011

Print Season 2011 - Print Fair

I just received this info about the upcoming Print Fair
on in Auckland as part of the Print Season 2011 series,
on from 11am-5pm on Saturday & Sunday 26-27 March

"There is something seductive about printed matter,
be it a book, zine, poster, printed T-shirt, record or artwork.
To celebrate our ongoing fascination with print ST PAUL St Gallery is hosting a Print Fair
so that you can buy, barter for, or even be gifted printed material.

The Print Fair brings together presses, publishing groups, galleries,
project spaces and individual artists to display their publishing projects
and promote the wealth of printed matter in New Zealand.
Works on offer will include works on paper, artist’s books & private press publications,
design and typography works, experimental music and publications on art and design.

Split Fountain Book Stand
Photograph by Asumi Mizuo
Participating groups include: 
The Adam Art Gallery (WLG), ARTSPACE (AKL), Auckland Zinefest & Alphabet City (AKL),
AUT University Print Students (AKL), Cherry Bomb Comics (AKL) Enjoy Gallery (WLG),
The Physics Room (CHCH), Popohardwear (AKL), split/Fountain (AKL),
and ST PAUL St Gallery (AKL)."

See the St.Paul St Gallery website for map and details of other events.


18 March 2011

Prints In Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Auction

CleverBastards are holding an Art & Design Auction
with all proceeds from this auction are going to the Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal.
A great opportunity to get some awesome prints AND help Christchurch!

There are many prints, including works by:
Brad Novak, Philippa Bentley, Matt Moriarty, Shane Hansen any many more!

Shane Hansen, Boy & Friendly
3-colour screenprint on Fabriano, 35x45cm, edition of 50.
Diecut in an oval shape with the koru cut out.

Tony Ogle, Indicators Raglan
Screenprint, 81x34cm, edition of 280

Brad Novak, The Usual Suspects 1.1
3-colour screenprint on polymer board,  45x66cm, edition of 45

Weston Frizzel, Winter Stamp Print

So far over 60 items are listed that you can bid on.
The closing date for each item is 3 weeks from time of loading, as indicated.

See CleverBastards4Christchurch website to see all the auction items.
Some close soon, so get in quick and donate generously!!!

17 March 2011

Jo Ogier's New Woodcuts

Solander Gallery in Wellington have recently received some new works
by artist Jo Ogier from Christchurch. So thought I'd post a few on here too...

These impressive large works look at some of the reasons why
many of our NZ species have been pushed to the brink of extinction.

I saw this particular piece (below) when I was in Wellington over summer.
It is even more interesting in real life, as some of the colours are 'metalic',
(like the gold of the outer illustrations, and silver of the gun barrel, etc)
which aren't easily replicated in photos, and it is big - almost a metre wide!

Jo Ogier, The Huia's Lament, 2010
Relief Print on paper, 43x96cm, edition of 10.

Jo Ogier writes: In Huia’s Lament I am looking at the many aspects surrounding the Huia
including their extraordinary beauty and their rapid and tragic demise.
A situation compounded by the loss of habitat and their value as adornment.
Huia feathers and dried skins were considered as tapu (scared) to the Maori
and the wearing of its skin or feathers was reserved for people of high status.
The European need to adorn themselves with Huia feathers for their hats and beaks for novelty jewellery
lead to a bounty being placed on the birds at one stage, and up to £5 being paid for a single good quality feather.
The last confirmed sighting of the Huia was on 28 December 1907 in the Tararua Ranges.

Jo Ogier, The Kokako and the Saw, 2010
Relief Print on paper, 43x96cm, edition of 26

 Jo Ogier writes: The Kokako has a beautiful, clear, organ-like song. Its call can carry for kilometres.
They can sing together in a bell-like duet for up to an hour in the early morning.
The Kokako does not fly so much as glide with wings that are relatively short and rounded.
Dependent on the forest floor for foraging, its ecological niche is frequently compared to that of a flying squirrel.

Jo Ogier, Extinction Guaranteed, 2010
Relief on paper, 33x40cm, edition of 45.

Jo Ogier writes: I found this image of a tobacco tin when searching for references to the Huia on the internet.
The tin was made in my home town of Nelson around 1940
and is part of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa collection.
I found it ironic that a company would use an extinct bird as a marketing tool
for a product which is obviously detrimental to ones health.
Or was the throaty wattle sound you aspired to by smoking the cigarettes?
No doubt times have changed and health warnings would now come on the tins!

I really like these new works!!! Looking forward to seeing more!
Check out other works in the series by Jo Ogier on Solander Gallery website

15 March 2011

Drypoint Workshop, Wellington, 10 April

As part of their commitment to the promotion of unique and quality hand made works,
Solander Gallery in Wellington offer a range of workshops.

Coming up on Sunday 10 April they are hosting a
Drypoint Etching Workshop with artist Graham Hall.

Graham Hall, Card of Reverse Lovers II, 2010
Drypoint etching on paper, 78x54cm, edition of 10

Graham Hall will guide you through the simple and direct medium of drypoint etching.
Explore a variety of mark-making and inking techniques to create your own masterpiece.

No previous experience is required.
Cost is $130, including all materials and equipment.
Places are limited so booking is essential.
For more information or to register please email: info@solandergallery.co.nz

14 March 2011

CPCANZ Annual General Meeting 19 March

are holding their Annual General Meeting
at 4.30-6pm on this coming Saturday, 19 March 2011
The AGM will be held in the Whanganui UCOL Print Workshop
at 24 Taupo Quay, Whanganui

Thomas Shahan, Pond Gathering, 2011

CPCANZ is an incorporated society set up to provide a structure
for the support of affiliated printmaking artists
in Whanganui and throughout New Zealand.

Check out their website to see what they do or for contact details.

12 March 2011

Whanganui Open Studio & Workshops on 19,20,26,27 March

CPCANZ and many local printmakers are involved in 
This is your chance to see some of the 58 local artists in their studios.
Studios are open from 10am-4pm on 19 & 20 and 26 & 27 March

are hosting one-day Drypoint Intaglio Etching Workshops on those dates
at 24 Taupo Quay, Whanganui.

Students will be introduced to the process of intaglio,
a very exciting and quick graphic way of producing a linear print.
Students will be introduced to one of the largest working print studios in New Zealand.
Koha welcome.

10 March 2011

Printmaking Course at UNITEC

Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts Printmaking course
can now also be taken as a one-off credit-bearing short course, 9.30am-12.30pm on Fridays,
and will be held at Department of Design and Visual Arts on Unitec's Mt Albert campus.

You will join current design and visual arts students in class
and undertake assessment projects as applicable.
Once you complete the course, you will receive a Certificate of Proficiency.

The course runs twice per year, for one semester (14 weeks)
and will cost approximately $675

For further information see this listing on the UNITEC website
or contact the Programme Administrator on 09 815 4321 ext 7737

09 March 2011

West Auckland Print Group

Ruby Oakley is seeking interest from people with some experience in printmaking
to form a group to work & grow together at Corbans Estate, Henderson.
Probably meet once a month, on a Saturday or Sunday.
The first group event is planned for 12-5pm this Saturday 12 March.
At present time cost is free to join the group.

The aim of the group is to bring together those interested in printmaking;
to provide time & space to actually do some printing in our busy schedules,
to share knowledge & ideas,
promote printmaking in the Waitakere region,
to utilise the press at Corbans Estate,
hopefully to hold an annual exhibition to showcase printmaking,
to help secure further funding for future exhibition, tutoring, purchase equipment, materials, etc

She has secured a small amount of funding from the Creative Communities scheme
to pay for room/ press hire, some basic equipment,
& essential materials like some rollers, water baths, inks, cartridge & newsprint.

At present facilities available are limited, so suggest processes such as
 lino/wood, photo polymer plate, collograph, drypoint, monoprinting, etc 
You may wish to print further from plates you already have or produce new plates.

As this is the first group, it will be experimental as to how it is run 
and best times or dates for future events can be worked out on the day.

If you are interested and would like to know more,
email Ruby Oakley at ruby.red.moon@gmail.com
or call 09 8369621 or 021 233 9726

07 March 2011

Brad Novak's New Work For Christchurch Appeal

Auckland-based doctor and Pop artist Brad Novak has teamed up with others
 to create a limited edition screenprint of the Christchurch Cathedral
as a fundraiser with 100% of the profits to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

Brad Novak, Hope For Canterbury (after Warhol), 2011

Art lovers have an opportunity to help those affected by the earthquake through purchasing a piece of art.
  Brad Novak says, “This is a practical way art lovers can support the relief efforts in Canterbury,
100% of the profits are being donated to the cause.”

The work is entitled Hope for Canterbury and features the Christchurch Cathedral
in a graphic style inspired by renowned artist Andy Warhol.
Novak hopes it expresses something of the inspiring kiwi spirit.

For more information or to purchase an artwork, visit www.bradnovak.co.nz
Please spread the word to help people in Canterbury!

06 March 2011

Print Season 2011 Exhibition Two

The second exhibition of Print Season 2011
is on at St.Paul St Gallery in Auckland City from 11-19 March,
with opening event on this Thursday 10 March at 5.30pm

Featuring work by Matt Coldicutt, Sam Ovens and Rebecca Steedman.
Sam Ovens, Vinyl Mayhem, 2009-2010

Their work addresses the concept of 'cover art',
Such as cover version of a song
that creates a homage to and a reinterpretation of the original.

Rebecca Steedman, The Anatomy of Air, 2007

It also cover art in design and advertising,
including book covers, record sleeves and newspaper headlines.

Matt Coldicutt, Burnt Ontology, 2010

See the St.Paul St Gallery website for map and details of other events.

03 March 2011

Anatomy of a Linocut

Here's a video of American artist Bill Fick
showing how he makes a linocut, from drawing to cutting, to printing.

I'd be interested to hear if any of you make linocuts,
and what you like about them...

Also, please post a comment if you have any tips for those starting out with linocut
Here are a few tips from me:
1. Lino is so much easier to cut if you warm it a little
(at school my teacher used to make us sit on it, but maybe try a heater)
2. Don't make the press too tight or you'll squash the lino out of shape

02 March 2011

A4 Printmakers Exhibition at Wharepuke

Art at Wharepuke in Kerikeri is exhibiting the prize winning works from the
A4 Printmakers International Printmaking Exhibition from 3-27 March

Reti Saks (Estonia), Pearls, 2010

Organised by Pat King in Cornwall, held in 2010,
the inaugural A4 Printmakers show,  received works from 36 countries.

Cleo Wilkinson (Australia), Then, 2010
The show at Wharepuke showcased the prize winners and runners up from the exhibition
as well as prints from the John Howard print studio, Penryn, Cornwall. 
The exhibition will return to Cornwall to form part of the
Newlyn Society of Artists PRINT! Festival between April and July.

The featured works can be seen here on the A4 Printmakers Prize Winners 2010 website  
along with details of and application forms for the 2011 A4 open submission process.

01 March 2011

Support Christchurch Appeal with Solander Raffle

Solander Gallery in Wellington is supporting the Christchurch Appeal
through the raffle of an artwork titled Christchurch Suitcase
generously donated by Wellington artist Michele Bryant

Michele Byrant, Christchurch Suitcase, 2010
Acrylic on board, 28x28cm, edition of 15

All proceeds go to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
Tickets available in the gallery at $5 and will be drawn on 12 March