Lithographic artist Graeme Cornwell,
a teacher of art theory at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology,
flies to New York this week to take up the
Prawat Laucharoen International Artist in Residence.
The 16-day residency means Mr Cornwell will join 10 other artists and printmakers
from around the world to work collaboratively, expanding the field of printmaking.
The invitation for the residency came as a complete surprise.
Mr Cornwell has no idea what to expect
other than that the residency will conclude with exhibitions in both Manhattan and New York.
"It's a fantastic opportunity to meet and work with a variety
of printmakers and artists in such a vibrant and stimulating city.
I am both excited and terrified, but really I have no expectation.
It will be great to talk to people, and it's a privilege to go there at my age."
Having studied in both Auckland and Britain,
Cornwell then spent an extended period working and studying for a PhD in Australia,
returning to New Zealand after a 10-year absence,
taking up a teaching position in Hawke's Bay, later establishing himself in Nelson.
He has a long-established career as an artist and master printmaker,
specialising in the stone method of lithographic printing,
a process he describes as "very seductive, very magical, and beautiful",
allowing the production of works on paper with a "huge range of tonal qualities".
I hope we'll get to hear about it when he returns...