Glossary: How And Why Artists Make Prints

18 Apr 2015 – 16 May 2015

Stephen Chambers, Double Stamping

Stephen Chambers, Double Stamping

 

18 Apr 2015 – 16 May 2015

Thursdays – Saturdays
11.00am – 4.00pm and by appointment
admission is free

 

Glossary: How and Why Artists Make Prints, an exhibition curated by Northern Print based in Newcastle upon Tyne, brings together the work of seven contemporary printmakers.

Artists: Stephen Chambers – Rachael Clewlow – Tom Hammick- Bridget Jones – Katharine Jones – Julian Meredith – Hilary Paynter

Printmaking may be a common thread, but it is clear that the concerns and interests of the individual artists are far wider. These concerns span Rachael Clewlow’s coded documentation of walks, which resonate with Hilary Paynter’s wood engravings and Bridget Jones’s lino-cut and letterpress prints; each work rooted in local history and personal experiences of journeys researched, mapped, followed or re-enacted.

There’s some common ground in the works of Julian Meredith and Tom Hammick. Both artists make use of a certain directness and materiality of printmaking in their observation of and response to momentary events or found objects, reflecting aspects of the complex relationship between ourselves and the natural world.

Stephen Chambers uses deceptively simple means, to produce sophisticated images as can be seen in his potato cut, ‘Heaven on Earth’.

If this work suggests a celebration or elevation of the mundane, then Katharine Jones sets out clearly with this in mind in her print ‘A Delimitation of Stripes’ which acknowledges ‘the unrewarded and unsing – those tasked with the arduous job of rebuilding, repairing and caring for those affected during the years following a war’.

Printmakers are sometimes underestimated as artists, with more attention given to technical matters than the content of their work or the concerns and intentions of the artist. Glossary undoubtedly covers a fascinating range of printmaking processes and technical approaches, but ultimately each piece of work stands on its merits as the product of the artist’s creative expression.

The exhibition is accompanied by short films showing the artists at work and the processes they use to make prints.