KUNSTHUIS Gallery, at Dutch House, Crayke, has picked 12 artists who demonstrate a fresh approach to printmaking for its first show of 2017.
The dozen printmakers all live and work in Britain and push the boundaries of their creative practice with their dynamic application of concepts, techniques and imagery.
Taking part are Annie Ramsden; Catherine Headley; Claire Shackleton; Ian Henderson; Lesley Birch; Lynne Blackburn; Milena Dragic; Patrick Smith; Jean Duncan; Laine Tomkinson; Shelley Burgoyne and Theresa Taylor, each exhibiting challenging, fresh, contemporary and exciting work.
Claire Shackleton, for example, favours a variety of printing techniques and particularly enjoys the unpredictable effects produced by using collagraph and monoprinting, and her work extends into textiles. Immersing herself in nature as an avid walker and river traveller, she finds herself drawn to the wonders of the natural world, the landscape and the flora and fauna that inhabit it.
Fox, by Claire Shackleton
Lynne Blackburn's work taps into memories and history embedded within familiar places and buildings: the human traces left behind in and on buildings, from the visual traces to subconscious and psychological ones. “I'm interested in how the ordinary and the mundane of the everyday show and mark the passing of time, and by the transitory nature of the built environment," she says.
Patrick Smith, who was born and raised in York, navigates the domain of fine art painting and printmaking and his practice concentrates on ideas associated with the edge and devices in composition and form. Using American abstract expressionism and British modernism of the 1950s as a point of departure, he is influenced by Robert Motherwell, Peter Lanyon and the sculpture and prints of Eduardo Chillida.
Shelley Burgoyne, from Todmorden, West Yorkshire, works across a wide range of printmaking media and an intuitive approach flows through her innovative use of techniques. Central to her art practice is her exploration of wild and natural places as she seeks to make connections between her experiences, organic forms, found objects and personal events.
Theresa Taylor investigates areas of undefined intent, transitional spaces within the natural world that have vague boundaries, often photographing under water to collect research material as part of a project that has developed over the past three years. “I use the sea as a metaphor for the unconscious, representing our internal world,” she says.
Rialto 3, by Shelley Burgoyne
For those who are interested in printmaking, Clare Nattress will hold an Introduction To Linocut workshop on March 15 from 5.30pm to 9pm. "This will be a beginner's guide to linocut printmaking, where I'll help you plan, execute and complete a print in an evening using linocut," says Clare.
"We'll cover how to plan a design and transfer it to the lino; how to cut the lino; how to ink up the lino and how to print it. Students will be shown how to burnish the prints by hand. This way you can easily replicate the process at home with minimal equipment.
"You will also learn how to correctly register your prints so that each layer of colour lies directly on top of the previous layer. All experiments and final works can be taken home to enjoy."
Before then, the art documentary Peggy Guggenheim, Art Addict will be screened on February 9 at 7pm. Peggy was an heiress to the Guggenheim family who would become a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists. Her colourful personal history included trysts, affairs and marriages with such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock and Marcel Duchamp, as well as countless others.
While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo. The film is a compendium of the greatest 20th century art mixed with the wild and iconoclastic life of one of the most powerful women in the history of the art world.
Tickets for the workshop and film documentary can be booked online at kunsthuisgallery.com/shop. The Revealed: KH Printmakers Collective exhibition runs at Kunsthuis Gallery, Dutch House, Mill Green Farm, Crayke, near York, until April 2. Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.