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Exhibition runs: Fri 22nd - Tues 26th March 2013
Private View: Thurs 21st Mar 6 - 9pm
Location: Gallery & Project Space

An exhibition focusing on prints based on photographic imagery curated by Sumi Perera and presented by Printmakers Council. The exhibition will show both traditional skills and innovatory printmaking techniques.

In 1965 a group of artists including Julian Trevelyan, Michael Rothenstein, Anthony Gross, Stanley Jones and Agatha Sorel saw the need for a society that would promote new developments within printmaking and formed the Printmakers Council.

Today, the Printmakers Council is a national organisation of artists in the
UK, curating exhibitions of the highest quality and widening interest and appreciation of  printmaking as an artform. PMC has always been open to new developments and ideas expressed in the field of printmaking as well as fine examples of traditional skills.

The Printmakers Council has recently exhibited at South Hill Park Arts Centre, University College Hospital Gallery, The Bankside Gallery, Vyner Street Gallery and the RK Burt Gallery. Other past exhibitions in London include the Barbican Concourse Gallery, The National Theatre, The Mall Galleries and the Natural History Museum and throughout the United Kingdom.

Now exhibiting with Great Western Studios. the show aims to inspire and educate others in the method of printmaking. The exhibition will display an array of talent including invited artists Lidija Antanasijevic, Anne Desmet RA and Rachel Owen, and cover a range of subjects all based around the techniques of printing with photography.

List of selected artists:
Edward Adlington
Lidija Antanasijevic
Margaret Ashman
Jacki Baxter
Pauline Bradley
David Brown
Anne Desmet RA
Sarah Garvey
Anne Gournay
Clare Grossman
Sally Grumbridge
Claire Hynds
Michael Kennedy
Avril Macdonald
Chris Mercier
Rachel Owen
Bronwen Paterson
Sumi Perera
Glynis Porter
Daniela Rizzi
Sarah Rogers
Handan Sadikoglu
Despina Symeou
Graham Smith
Nicola Styan
Felicity Weaver

Invited artist - Lidija Antanasijevic
The Serbian born artist Lidija Antanasijevic works in domain of experimental printmaking in both 2D and 3D by using traditional and modern methods. Originally trained in printmaking at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, where she obtained both her BA (1988) and MA (1991), Lidija has continued to explore the medium technically, conceptually and formally, developing prints as sculptures and installations.

She explores raw emotion and inner energy seeking to give form to senses and experiences. The subject is personal experience, a series of visual memoirs of a cross cultural migrant, brought up and living through the geo-political conditions of the era. Recent solo shows include Gallery
Graficki Kolektiv, Belgrade as a part of its 60th anniversary, and at the Western Gallery of Xi’An Academy of Fine Arts in China.


Invited artist - Anne Desmet RA RE RWS
Anne Desmet RA gained a BA & MA at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking at Central School of Art and Design, London, UK. In 2011, Desmet was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and is only the third wood engraver ever elected to the RA in its entire history.

Her first retrospective: Anne Desmet – Towers and Transformations opened at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, in 1998. Her second: Anne Desmet – Urban Evolution opened at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, in 2008.  Following a year working in Rome (1989/90) as a Rome Scholar in Printmaking, Desmet’s focus became the multi-layered nature of cities where ancient ruins co-exist with 21st century apartments. Via detailed wood engravings and linocuts of architectural subjects, she aims to create a sense of the interweaving and passage of years of history - a type of metamorphosis that is a recurring theme in her work. As well as creating relief prints, she makes collages in two and three dimensions, creating new images that develop the themes of her prints. This enables her to push architectural motifs in unexpected, surprising directions, allowing a building to take on a life and invented identity of its own. Recent works charted the changing landscape of London’s Olympic site, near her home. 


Invited artist - Rachel Owen
Rachel Owen studied fine art printmaking at Exeter and painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence. She completed a PhD at the University of London researching the illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy.

Her current work comprises screenprinted images derived from photos taken on recent travels, and prints reflecting a continuing interest in illustration. Her recent work comprises photographic screen-prints exploring the idea of transformation, both natural and supernatural. Owen has participated in numerous exhibitions in the UK and internationally. She lives in Oxford, where she teaches at Oxford University. 


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