A Printmaker's London is a blockbuster group exhibition of limited edition prints on the theme of...you guessed it, London, from some of the UK’s leading printmakers.
Kicking off on 5 September at For Arts Sake, the show will feature never-before-seen new works from Gail Brodholt, Gerry Baptist, Paul Catherall, John Duffin, Bonnie and Clyde, Mychael Barratt, Anna Marrow, Sophie Layton, Trevor Price, Irene Scheinmann, Martin Grover and many more – all covering the full breadth of techniques from linocut to screenprint, woodcut, etching and lithograph.
Each printmaker has chosen his or her own twist on the city, and the finished works capture London in all its depth and variety – from its architectural landmarks to icons such as the Routemaster and idyllic visions of its green spaces and waterways.
There are more esoteric glimpses of its history and character, too, from Sonia Rollo’s canine ‘East End Boy and West End Girl’ to Anna Marrow’s celebration of an Ealing Studios legend.
All of the prints are being created exclusively for the exhibition and, for the duration of the show, will only be available from For Arts Sake.
Highlights include a new linocut of Berthold Lubetkin’s modernist Penguin Pool at London Zoo by celebrated printmaker Paul Catherall. Paul is renowned for his clean, bold renditions of the capital’s Brutalist and modernist landmarks.
Painter and printmaker Tim Southall’s ‘A Tale of London’ is an epic rendition of the High Middle Ages via copper plate etching. It takes in characters from Dick Whittington to King Harold, leading to the emerging city dominated by the Tower of London.
Paul Cleden captures the magic of London’s theatreland with his linocut ‘A Gleaming Performance’. Screenprint artist Emma Reynolds summons Richmond Park and its deer on a hot and hazy summer day, while Clare Halifax’s silkscreen print depicts Kew’s iconic glasshouse, in ‘From Me to Kew’.
Trevor Price’s monoprint ‘London and its Londoners’ aims to conjure the “diversity and chaos of our fantastic city”. Pop Art veteran Gerry Baptist has used digital print to create a powerful commentary on the decline of the city’s insect population “due in part to our rampant consumerism”, while illustrator Gregori Saavedra laments the passing of the iconic red phone box.
The Ealing gallery will also be hosting a series of Meet the Artist weekends, where many of the exhibiting artists will be talking through their methods and inspirations over a glass of wine and a guided preview of A Printmaker’s London.
You can see the progress of the prints as they unfold by following the hashtag #APrintmakersLondon on Instagram and Twitter. The exhibition is free, with all the pieces available to buy. Find out more at forartssake.com.