01 December 2015

Undercurrents: Celia Walker & Susanne Khouri, to 21Dec, Auckland

Celia Walker and Susanne Khouri's current exhibition, Undercurrents
will be on until 21 December at Depot Artspace Gallery in Devonport, Auckland.

Each artist has produced a series of twenty works using print-based processes, 
including monotype, solarplate etching, and screenprinting. 
The works explore the theme in metaphorical and literal undercurrents.

For more information, contact depotartspace.co.nz

30 November 2015

Printapalooza, Whangarei

A few weeks ago, Te Kowhai Print Trust had an event called Printapalooza,
which looked like it was a very fun day of printing! 
Here's a few photos of what these talented artists got up to with a road roller...


For more photos, check out Te Kowhai Print Trust's Facebook page.

29 November 2015

Summer Print Course, 11-14Jan, Auckland

Browne School of Art are offering a 4-day Printmaking 'Summer School' 
in Grey Lynn, Auckland, from 11-14 January 2016.

Participants will be introduced to a variety of printmaking techniques and processes,
including monotype, drypoint, and relief printing, combined with mixed-media.

This course provides a perfect introduction to the exciting world of print 
but also accommodates those with prior experience who wish to refresh or extend their practice. 

With two generous size spaces to work in,
 participants will be introduced to a variety of printmaking techniques and processes, 
from monotype and relief, to drypoint printing combined with mixed-media and collage

When: Monday-Thursday, 11-14 January 2016 (4 days), 9.30am-3.30pm
Tutored by Alexis Neal, with a maximum of 12, cost $450.

26 November 2015

Made By Hand, 27Nov-24Dec, Wellington

Solander Gallery's annual Christmas show, Made by Hand, 
opens on Friday 27 November 4-7pm.
A celebration of the handmade in this world of mass-production!

Made by Hand is an annual 'cash and carry' exhibition 
featuring works from over thirty of Solander's talented artists. 
On the wall will be smaller works for under $300 and larger works for under $500.

Featuring new work from over 30 Solander artists;
including Stanley Palmer, Alexis Neal, Catherine Macdonald, John Pusateri, Ben Reid,
Damon Kowarsky, Margaret Silverwood, Mark Graver, Kyoko Imazu, Lynn Taylor,
Dagmar Dyck, Emily Valentine, Michele Bryant, Sheyne Tuffery...to name just a few.

The exhibition runs from Friday 27 November until 24 December,
but if you can't make it to Wellington before Christmas,
all works from the show can be seen on their website: solandergallery.co.nz/made-hand

25 November 2015

Northland Printmakers Exhibition, 4-14Dec, Whangarei

The 2015 Northland Print Symposium's print exchange exhibition 
is opening at 5:30pm on Thursday 3 December 
at the Yvonne Rust Gallery, Quarry Arts Centre, Whangarei. 

Hard Pressed, Soft Ground is a group show of Northland printmakers 
who've created work based on their connection to Northland. 
With contributions from Faith McManus, Celia Walker, Virginia Guy, 
Mariette Van Zuydam, Megan Corbett, Barry Squire, Rosie Parsonson, and many more.

Contact Te Kowhai Print Trust for more information.

15 November 2015

Project Talk: Thinking of Place, Tues 17 Nov, Auckland

You are invited to our artists' talk, 7pm this Tuesday, 17 November
at Railway St Studios, 8 Railway St, Newmarket in Auckland.

As you may know, Prue MacDougall and I have recently been involved
 in a collaborative printmaking project called Thinking of Place
with 50+ printmakers from around NZ and Australia,
the exhibition toured Cairns, Christchurch, Auckland and is now on its way to Ballarat, Victoria.
We will be giving a 'behind the scenes' talk about our experience of the project,
which we hope might inspire other printmakers and artists in creating your own future projects.

We hope to cover a variety of practical topics, such as;
organising a group show, logistics involved in a touring show,
applying for and managing your Community Council Arts Grant, creating an exhibition catalogue,
working as a group, promotion, public engagement with workshops and panel discussion, etc.

Railway St Studios is suggesting a $5 donation to cover drinks, nibbles, venue.
Contact Railway St Studios for further information if required.

10 November 2015

Intro to Screenprinting, Nov/Dec, Auckland

You can learn the basics of screenprinting in just one day!

Due to a 'last minute' cancellation, I have a space available
on my Intro to Screenprinting workshop this Saturday (14 November),
so if you are keen to come along this weekend, email me as soon as possible.

I also have one-day workshops on the following dates:
 10am-4pm on Saturday 28 November
10am-4pm on Saturday 5 December
10am-4pm on Saturday 12 December
10am-4pm on Saturday 19 December

This course introduces you to the essential pieces of equipment,
the processes and techniques, as well as plenty of hands-on printing time.

This course is suitable for beginners, with only 3-4 students per class, 
and the content can be tailored to your own project ideas.

With the guidance of a very experienced tutor,
you will learn hand-cut stencils, masking, hand-drawn images,
as well as the basics of photo emulsion for more detailed designs.
Techniques and inks for printing on both paper and fabric will be taught.

$135 per person includes inks, paper, screens and equipment used during workshop.
Located near Eden Park in Auckland.
Please email to confirm availability of places on your preferred session.

12 September 2015

TKPT Art Print Online Auctions

From the Archives II is Te Kowhai Print Trust’s annual fundraising exhibition. The featured works have all been donated to TKPT over the last 33 years by artists who support TKPT or have created and/or tutored at the facility. All auctions are remarkable reasonable prices, starting as low as $26...!!

There are a myriad of amazing prints from phenomenal printmakers, including:

 Jo Hardy, Faith McManus, Barry Squires, Chris Wilkie, Ruth Green Cole, 
Mariette Van Zuydam, Sarah McBeath, Jenny Bennett, Jacob Rolfe and many more...

All proceeds go to Northlands only community owned fine art print studio, Te Kowhai Print Trust. 
Based at the Quarry Arts Centre in Whangarei, Te Kowhai Print Trust is a charitable organization 
which works to teach, advance and preserve the practice of fine art printmaking. 

For the last three decades TKPT has served as a community facility 
where many forms of printing are both enjoyed and encouraged. 
The Trust offers workshops in lithography, screenprinting, dry point, etching, solar plate etching, woodcut/linocut, letterpress and bookbinding. 
As each artist donates two prints from every edition printed at the Trust, 
one for sale and the other for the archives,
 the Trust has built up a collection of prints that are of national significance to New Zealand. 

For images and listings, see Te Kowhai Print Trust's Trade Me Auction Pages

08 September 2015

Whakaata (Contemporary Maori Art Prints), 12Sept-22Nov, Bay of Islands

Whakaata is an exhibition of contemporary Maori Art Prints,
and will be exhibited at Russell Museum, Bay of Islands
opening 12 September to 22 November.

For some 50 years producing print art works on paper 
has been a constant form of medium for contemporary Māori artists. 
Māori working in the arts education found the medium easy to use and accessible to students. 
For some, it has become more than that and is now a key vehicle 
for them express their contemporary views on being Māori in a global setting. 

A leader amongst these artists has been Gabrielle Belz, a key advocate for print artists. 
She has beside her a strong group of artists including 
Faith McManus, Simon Kaan, Vanessa Edwards and Alexis Neal. 

On the 12 September 2015 at the Russell Art Museum in the Bay of Islands, 
Gabrielle and museum curator, Shelly Arlidge, will open the exhibition 
showcasing a selection of works from print artists 
who began in the 1950's through to the present day. 

23 August 2015

Thinking Of Place, 29Aug-16Sept, Auckland

Thinking of Place is a collaborative project 
which includes the work of 60 Australian and New Zealand printmakers, 
with a diverse range of styles and printmaking mediums.
Opening at Depot Artspace in Devonport, Auckland,
2pm on Saturday 29 August, through to 16 September.

Each artist has responded to the theme of ‘Thinking of Place’, 
creating works which reflect their connection to country, land, 
ancestral connections, colonisation, regional and cultural identities, 
natural and constructed environments, and even imagined locations.

In addition, Thinking of Place will host a discussion panel, 6:30pm on Tuesday 1 September,
where artists will share unique perspectives on their connection to place.
Also offer two free printmaking workshops, Sundays 6 and 13 September,
 in which you can experience these printmaking processes.

This exchange includes five groups; 
North Island Printmakers and Te Wai Pounamu Printmakers (South Island) from New Zealand, 
along with Inkmasters Cairns Inc., Goldfields Printmakers and Melbourne Printmakers Groups.

The Auckland leg of this exhibition’s journey is being hosted by the North Island Printmakers;
including Elle Anderson, Gabrielle Belz, Kathy Boyle, Deborah Crowe, Vanessa Edwards,
Esther Hansen, Struan Hamilton, Delwyn Holder, Nicola & Kheang Ov, Prue MacDougall,
Toni Mosley, Alexis Neal, John Pusateri, Flox & Michel Tuffery, and Sheyne Tuffery.

Thinking of Place has already been exhibited at KickArts Contemporary Arts in Cairns (8 June to 18 July) before travelling to Eastside Gallery, Christchurch (29 June to 18 July).
We are excited to invite you to see it at the Depot Artspace
before it returns to KickArts Contemporary Arts in Cairns,
and finally to the Post Office Gallery, Federation University, Ballarat in April 2016.

07 August 2015

Printmaking: Beyond The Frame, 7Aug-18Oct, Tauranga

 Printmaking: Beyond The Frame is an exhibition of printmaking work 
of members of the Central Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand (CPCANZ), 
along with three invited guests – Kate McLean, Alexis Neal and Jeff Thomson. 

The title refers to the frame that surrounds a two-dimensional work, 
isolating it from the wall and forming a barrier of protection or decoration. 
It also refers to the contemporary perception of print.

Kate McLean, Grey Lynn, 2012-2013
Screenprint on glazed and fired clay

Alexis Neal, Waharua, Pou Aronui, Toa, 2013
Tea-stained printed relief prints, woven, installed size of 3 panels 140x87cm
Photo by Sait Akkirman, Artsdiary.co.nz (July 2014)

Jeff Thomson, Home Lot (detail)2014
Screenprint on corrugated iron, wooden pallet
Photo by Sait Akkirman, Artsdiary.co.nz (July 2014)

Traditionally, a print has been thought of as 
an image that can be reproduced as part of an edition (either limited or unlimited)
However, in the contemporary environment discussion around what defines prints 
and printmaking is likely to include philosophical perspectives, 
a consideration of specific traditional techniques 
and the impact and absorption of newer technologies.

Artists who have contributed to Printmaking: Beyond the Frame 
use printmaking to solve aesthetic questions, explore a technical conundrum, 
poke fun at art phylosophy or simply declare their place in the artistic scheme of things.

The three invited guests were selected on the basis of their innovatory combination of print 
with materials and processes that are not generally associated with printmaking. 
Jeff Thomson combines print with corrugated iron, Kate McLean’s pieces utilise print and clay, 
and Alexis Neal weaves a range of print techniques and materials into work of 2- and 3-dimensions.

The artists who are exhibiting work in Printmaking: Beyond the Frame are: 
Jacqueline Aust, Kathy Boyle, Beth Charles, Julia Ellery, Laura Hudson, Jean Clarkson,
Sue Pearson, Valerie Cuthbert, Julia Ellery, Lisa Feyen, Jo Giddens, Susanne Khouri,
Maria Lambert, Steve Lovett, Prue MacDougall, Maria Martin-Smith, 
Kate McLean, Emma McLellan, Alexis Neal, Antonia O’Mahony, 
Nicol Sanders-O’Shea, Jeff Thomson, Jill Webster 

01 August 2015

In the Frame: Selected Prints, to 26 August, Palmerston North

In the Frame: Selected Prints will feature 39 prints by members of the Central Print Council, 
utilising a variety of techniques, In the Frame will continue through to 26 August.

Selector Rowan Gardiner is an accomplished printmaker and tutor 
who has taught for many years at the Quay School of the Arts, 
now part of UCoL (Universal College of Learning, Palmerston North). 

 is an incorporated society which provides a structure for the support 
of affiliated printmaking artists throughout New Zealand. 
Among the activities of the Council are providing national and international support 
and opportunities for members and printmaking artists. 

18 July 2015

Intro to Screenprinting, August, Auckland

You can learn the basics of screenprinting in just one day!
Spaces available 10am-4pm on Saturday 1 August OR 10am-4pm on 15 August
This course introduces you to the essential pieces of equipment,
the processes and techniques, as well as plenty of hands-on printing time.
This course is suitable for beginners, with only 3-4 students per class, 
and the content can be tailored to your own project ideas.
With the guidance of a very experienced tutor,
you will learn hand-cut stencils, masking, hand-drawn images,
as well as the basics of photo emulsion for more detailed designs.
Techniques and inks for printing on both paper and fabric will be taught.

$135 per person includes inks, paper, screens and equipment used during workshop.
Located near Eden Park in Auckland.
Please email to confirm availability of places on your preferred session.
For more info about upcoming dates, or to register, click here to email Delwyn.

25 June 2015

Woodcut, 1July-8Aug, Wellington

Woodcut is an exhibition at Solander Gallery in Wellington, running from 1 July - 8 August.
You can also meet the artists at the opening event 1-3pm on Saturday 4 July.

Woodcut has been synomous with printmaking for 1000's of years and yet as a medium, 
still has the power to illicit exciting, contemporary and challenging works of art. 
Woodcut, perhaps more than any other medium, 
shows the hand of the artist in direct dialogue with the matrix. 
This exhibition brings together printmaking artists, Denise Copland, 
Duncan Pepe Long, Graham Hall, Marty Vreede, Michel Tuffery, Sam Harrison 
who each explore the practice of woodcut from notably different perspectives.
Sam Harrison, Annabell II, 2015
woodcut, 96x70cm, edition of 7
Marty Vreede, Cutting Remarks - Raupatu, 2014
woodcut, artist book, 20x66cm, edition of 1
Graham Hall, Hand Bell, 2015
woodcut, 35x50cm, edition of 10

22 June 2015

For Sale: Screenprint Equipment, Auckland

Yesterday I got a message from a screenprinting contact in Auckland
saying he is reluctantly selling off his excess screenprinting equipment.
It is worth much more than the selling price, but the space is desperately needed, so must go!
This creates a new opportunity for someone out there who wants to get started.
  • 4-colour 3-station carousel: commercial heavy-duty, made in NZ by AH Candy, in great condition
  • Large screens and screen rack - really good condition screens, range of mesh counts
  • 40x t-shirt screens (500x600mm)
  • Solvent inks: approximately 40kg (usually $100/kg) 
  • Plastisol Ink: 25 pots / colours for printing textiles. 
  • Some waterbased inks
  • Few squeegees and bits of rubber
  • Large hand-bench for printing posters, large fabric panels etc.
  • Large Hix Heatpress - for curing ink or vinyl on shirts
  • 3-phase Fosfan JetAir750 Dryer: good belt, new wiring & switches, and ceramic elements
  • Quartz Flash Cure - for drying in between colours on the carousel.
  • Heatgun
  • Pantone books for colour matching
  • Parts washer for cleaning screens, brand new & never been used 
  • 2 large tables for sorting and stacking garments, pressing shirts, etc. 

Selling as a bulk lot, beginning at just $1000... or Buy Now for $5000
Auction closes 8:30pm on Sunday 28 June.

19 June 2015

For Sale: Etching Press, Whangarei

Another press for sale, just in case anyone is interested...

This press was made by seller while studying at the Quay School of Arts in Wanganui,
but press is now located in Whangarei, Northland.
It has been sitting unused for a number of years and is in need of a bit of TLC.
It measures approximately 91x142cm and 125cm high. 
It comes with the metal bed (not pictured) and one felt.
Buyer must pick up, this press is very heavy, can be taken apart for transporting.

Asking $2500, contact seller for more information:
Auction closes Friday 26 June, 4pm

17 June 2015

For Sale: Manuka Etching Press, Dunedin

I frequently get asked if I know of any printmaking presses for sale,
so thought I'd let you know about this one currently listed on TradeMe.

Only 3 years old, it has a cast iron base, on castors currently, can reattach the original feet.
 It has a 1250x850mm bed and a five spoke rimless handwheel. The rollers are 850mm wide.
The press is easy to relocate: when packed down it measures 950x1400x800mm and weighs 230kg. 
(price includes freight fee up to $500) 
It comes with 6 pieces of white felt blankets (1.5mm and 3mm thick, 0.6x1m and 1x1.2m) 

Asking $7350, see auction listing for more info:
Auction closes Wednesday 24 June, 6pm

24 May 2015

Intro to Screenprinting, June, Auckland

  You can learn the basics of screenprinting in just one day!
spaces available 10am-4pm on Saturday 6 June OR 10am-4pm on Saturday 20 June
This course introduces you to the essential pieces of equipment,
the processes and techniques, as well as plenty of hands-on printing time.
This course is suitable for beginners.
With only 3-4 students per class, the content can be tailored to your own project ideas.
With the guidance of a very experienced tutor,
you will learn hand-cut stencils, masking, hand-drawn images,
as well as the basics of photo emulsion for more detailed designs.
Techniques and inks for printing on both paper and fabric will be taught.

$135 per person includes inks, paper, screens and equipment used during workshop.
Located near Eden Park in Auckland.
Please email to confirm availability of places on your preferred session.
Payment is required to confirm booking. 
For more info about upcoming dates, or to register, click here to email Delwyn.

13 May 2015

Jacqueline Aust + Kerry Francis, 20May-27June, Wellington

Solander Gallery are hosting an exhibition featuring Jacqueline Aust and Kerry Francis
from 20 May - 27 June, in Wellington.
Both artists will be attending the opening event, 5.30-7pm on Friday 22 May.

Jacqueline Aust: Look Out
Jacqueline's most recent work has been generated while working in Arenys de Munt, near Barcelona, Spain.
"The act of drawing a narrative generated from the interplay of shapes and a sense of movement 
from fluttering fabric, or lightly made expressive marks, has interested me for some time. 
My residency in Spain enabled me to explore this interaction, 
and its effect on compositional arrangements, on a much larger scale. 
The rich blacks made possible by a carborundum technique lends itself to constrained architectural forms, 
which in many of the Look Out works, act as a foil to lively mark making. 
In others, narrative associations are drawn out of implied landscapes and built form. 
Occasional bird skulls provide a recogniseable link to previous work, 
and a point from which to begin a new story."
Jacqueline Aust, Look Out, 2015 
Intaglio and relief, 94x48cm

Jacqueline Aust, Benthams Premise I, 2015 
Intaglio and chine colle, 124x90cm, AP

 Kerry Francis: SUMpictures
Architect Kerry Francis exhibits a suite of lithographs 
created at the Auckland Print Studio with master printmaker John Pusateri.
"Architecture is the discipline in which I have spent the whole of my working life. 
As an architect I have always drawn - architectural drawings are loaded with meaning; 
they are dense graphic codes for the translation of information from one medium to another 
(from paper or digital surface to concrete and timber). 
Equally, as architects, we represent buildings - we do not make them - there are always others involved, 
and it is in these ways the collaborative processes of making prints 
has natural resonances with the processes of making architecture. 
The prints and drawings on show play with the codes generated by marks...
they are constructed surfaces where marks both sink and swim in the warm white of the sheet...
they are traces of the calculating marks that are scratched on brick walls o
f abandoned buildings or printed in the sharp black ink of product labels...
marks that record and records that mark...they are sum pictures."
Kerry Francis, Tablet, 2015
Lithograph, 34x21cm

12 May 2015

News from NZ Pride In Print Awards 2015

The Pride In Print Awards for 2015 were announced recently,
and I just wanted to share two of the category winners
who I think deserve a special mention here...

Live to Print screenprinting inks: category winner for Industry Development

Companies with an environmental conscience have had a new avenue of print buying opened up to them 
by the Pride In Print Industry Development category winner Live to Print.
The boutique Whangarei printery came up with the concept of a screen printing ink 
so environmentally-friendly that screen printing is presented in a new commercial light. 
Its Screeners Choice selection of vibrant colours 
prompted senior judge Angelique Sparnaay-Martin to say the commercial flow-on benefit of the inks 
is that they opened up screen printing to companies who previously had not considered it for their products.
The main users now are schools of fine arts 
but many companies keen to do screen printing have been put off in the past. 
They are environmentally-friendly firms and don’t want to use chemicals. 
Today, this product has given them a new choice.”

The Screeners Choice ink are a natural plant-based aqueous screen ink system 
using sustainable ingredients with high permanence eco-pigments 
for printing on a wide range of papers and board,
 meaning there is no need for harmful chemicals, acrylics or other hazardous additives.

Well done, Matt Lewis, I've been a huge fan of your inks for many years, 
they are extraordinary to print with at a professional level, and this award is well-deserved!!

Matt Payne, Tawharanui Waves, 2015

Art met print in the Tawharanui Waves limited edition print 
that won the Specialty Products category of the Awards.
Artist and printer worked together, in harmony, to produce fine art of a breathtaking quality. 
Artist Matt Payne worked with Artrite Screen Printing of Onehunga on site 
to get the print colours just right, so that he could faithfully recreate his original painting 
in a limited run of prints on cotton art paper that went for sale in the Matt Payne Galleries.
In all, 27 colours were mixed under the artist’s direction, with a single screen print pass for each in turn, 
until the artist was sure his original acrylic painting was being perfectly reproduced.
Awards Manager Sue Archibald said this represents 
a “fantastic use of screen print and merges craftsmanship with old and new technology.”

03 May 2015

Intro to Screenprint Class, 9 May, Auckland

Learn the basics of screenprinting in just one day, this Saturday 9 May, 10am-4pm,
and take advantage of the opportunity to make a gift for Mothers Day on Sunday 10 May 
or make a gift for yourself (cards, cushion cover, teatowels etc).

This Introduction to Screenprinting course introduces you to the essential pieces of equipment, 
the processes and techniques, as well as hands-on printing time. 
With the guidance of an experienced tutor, 
you will learn how to make both hand-cut stencils 
and a demonstration of the basics of photo emulsion for more detailed designs.

Cost $135 per person. Inks, paper, screens and equipment provided. 
 Teatowels and material for cushion covers available for purchase from tutor on the day, or bring your own.

This course is in central Auckland, and is suitable for beginners. 
With class numbers restricted to a maximum of 4 students per class, 
you'll get more assistance, and the content can be tailored to your own project ideas. 

I currently have one space available, but get in quick before someone else takes that space!!
Please click here to email Delwyn to confirm availability, payment is required to confirm booking.

19 March 2015

Call for Entries: 2015 Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, by 1 June

Entries are invited for the 2015 Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition 
be presented 20 September to 10 October in the Chambers 241 Gallery, Christchurch,
hosted by the School of Fine Arts, with support from College of Arts at the University of Canterbury. 

Due date for entries is 1 June 2015.

Over 20 years ago, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA, established this prestigious exhibition. 
It has been located at the University of Canterbury since 2008. 
For catalogues and images for the previous Pacific Rim International Print Exhibitions 
you can view them by year here: 2008, 2010 and 2013.

For questions and comments please contact email: pacificrimprint@canterbury.ac.nz

12 March 2015

First Impressions II, 4-28 March, Auckland

I finally got to see the First Impressions II print exhibition this week.
The exhibition is on at Mairangi Arts Centre in Auckland until 28 March,
I recommend going to have a look, as there are 50 diverse prints,
and I'm sure you'll find something you like or that inspires you in your printmaking!

For those of you who aren't in Auckland (or NZ), 
here are a few more images from the show:

Winner: Emma McLellan, Spare Parts for Repeat Prescription, 2015
Screenprint on fabric

2nd Place: Morag Shaw, Wolf Hug
Hard ground etching and aquatint

Craig Bluett, When The Lighthouse Failed: The Fall

Christine Wylie, Herbarium II
Solarplate etching

Nicol Sanders-O'Shea, Give-and-Take

Hamish Oakley Brown, The Senses in a State of Revolution I
Woodblock on collage paper

Michaela Stoneman, Ode To Hemmingway: The Iceberg Theory

Pruedence MacDougall, Juno
Embossed domed solarplate etching

Wendy Murphy, Pick Up the Reciever: I'll Make You a Believer
Drypoint engraving

Julie Moselen, Linear Heritage I

Samar Hatam, Bullet Holes and Other Issues 1
Etching and drypoint

Unfortunately I just can't fit all 50 works on here,
so please don't be offended if I missed out your work.
I encourage you all to go see the show if you can
as these a just a small sample of the fantastic print works included.