PRISM PRINT INTERNATIONAL
for the love of art - for the love of humanity
Magnificent 9th International Engraving Biennial in Cremona closes!
– WE WELCOME MORE MASTERLY ARTISTS into Prism's international exchange project!
Having just had the pleasure of welcoming distinguished artists Sumi Perera and Norman McBeath into Prism's exhibiting programme we are now delighted to announce some more exciting artists have joined us.
Jurjen Ravenhorst from the Netherlands, and Haruko Cho from Tokyo - who is curator of Tokyo's B-gallery in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district - joined just before the Cremona exhibition. And as a result of experiencing Prism at Cremona several others accepted our invitation to join us in our mission to further the cause of compelling and serious art expressed through the medium of print!
Switzerland-based French artist Egide, Sachie Hirakawa from Japan, Silvana Martignoni from Italy, American-French artist Jim Monson, Herman Noordermeer from the Netherlands, Selvihan Kilic from Turkey, Mikael Kihlman from Sweden and Zhang Minjie from China are new members of Prism and we are very happy to welcome them!
Jurjen Ravenhorst has been a very active printmaker and teacher in the Netherlands for many years, and is principally interested in the art of stone lithography. He has exhibited all over the world.
With a perhaps characteristically 'European' sensibility towards graphic represnations and formalism he has recently taken to making diptychs where separate sheets of etching and lithographic prints are married in a single work. This highlights intrinsic differences in tactile surface qualities, but also raises stirrring questions about the meanings carried by the methodologies, compounded by the differing graphic languages which might seem to be implicit in the opposing techniques.
Haruko Cho exhibits very widely and has won numerous prizes, including at the Krakow Triennial. Her very physical works explore the possibilities inherent within a tightly constrained focus on reforming her 'B-cushions', which she makes and then twists and binds, and through printing onto rough Lokta Nepalese papers.The 'jittering' linear backgrounds introduce an air of ambiguity which propels the images into a provocative monumentality.
Haruko is also highly motivated regarding her efforts to encourage international artistic exchanges and uses her Tokyo B-gallery extensively for that purpose.
The noted Scottish artist Norman McBeath is best known for his remarkable photographs of the talented, famous or powerful, with fifty portraits at the National Portrait Galleries of London and Edinburgh.
But he is also a fine exponent of the regrettably now uncommon art of photogravure. We are delighted to be able to show his examples of this technique alongside the many different processes we elucidate in our exhibitions, and we are even more delighted that we are showing the expressive work of this important Scottish creative artist whose poetic sensitivity to people and places is both sophisticated and deeply moving.
We are delighted to announce that the Sri Lankan-born British artist Sumi Perera has accepted our invitation to exhibit her complex process-driven work with us. Again it is a great foil to work of our other associates, revealing and explicating the underlying ethos. Sumi had an early interest in architecture but elected to study medicine, becoming a doctor before capitulating to the pull of making creative work originally exploring the book form, and usually employing some form of experimental printmaking.
We first encountered the powerful work of Zhang Minjie on the walls at Cremona and are extremely gratified that this well established top rank Chinese artist, and important teacher, accepted our invitation to join our project. If Prism has anything to say about the diversity of thought and process behind the surperficially similar surface appearance of print art we could point to Zhang's intense and disturbing production. His work repays meditation on the sources of his ideation and reveals that differences of culture and experience deeply impact the final outcome - and for the better!
Mikael is a well known and highly active artist living in Stockholm but working all over Europe, and the world. He has specialised in a closely focused range of engraving drawn from street scenes on his travels. This has built into a serious oeuvre characterising qualities of everyday life across Eastern Europe especially. A deft graver and light touch gives his work an airy, atmospheric feel delightfully catching effects of light on surfaces, but evoking a strangely unsettling stillness.
Jim Monson, long resident in France having spent many years in the studios of Stanley William Hayter in Paris as a master printer and now lving in the South of France, has truly mastered the subtly intoxicating rhythms of line and form which so suit the soft and sensitive 'idyll' of wood block printmaking. His gentle colouring and respect for the intrinsic life of the wood rebounds through the interlacing and interlocking of evocative forms. Reduction block printing and etching are his main choices of vehicle for his poetic imagistic world. We are very happy to have Jim's subtle works permeate the extreme range of other ways and means we exhibit!
Herman works on a vast scale leaving grace of space in his lithographs for the imagery to breathe and become more resonant. As he says, "not only the idea but also the way of giving concrete form to the idea is what it makes interesting." He builds his ideas through constant 'note taking' and drawing, realising the momentary in the act of fixing the image on the plate. Herman travels and exhibits, and takes part in residencies, across the globe, when not at his studio in the Netherlands. This peripatetic experience instills the nuances which glide across his works.
Selvihan teaches printmaking at the Balikesir University in Turkey. Her works utilising woodcut, serigraphy, stencil or lithography in combination obliquely observe a peripheral world of apparently insignificant incident. This however serves to make the imagery multimodal and culturally ambivalent since there are no concise specifics beyond the visible natural world. Meaning then emerges dependent upon the viewer's empathy with what seems to be happening. The clarity and precision of the production reinforces the implied importance however. We are dleighted to be able to show Selvihan's subtle works in our broad international collection.
Egide is a masterly exponent of the rare and exacting technique of the burin. Similar in the intensity of the the arrid metal surface and exacting simple tools with the mezzotint, but devoid of the comforting blur of imprecision of that medium, the burin master has to evoke every texture and surface with the linear thread of his steel blade. Egide's imagistic world of flying and falling figures, irony and a sly hint of a paranoia, is apposite to the modern world, but achieved through an arcane or antique method which is reflexive in itself. It is a great pleasure to add his oeuvre to our 'cause'!
Silvana has mastered the difficult technique of mezzotint and explores a mystical world of uncertain forms morphing between the organic reminscences of flowers and the malleable extrusions of metals. As with the burin artist, her technique is exacting and unforgiving, but it has the beautiful atmosphere of its velvety blacks to shade and suggest. It is a delight to be able to include Silvana's subtle works in Prism's catalogue of diverse approaches and cultural expressions!
Tetsuya Noda - Diary April 9th,15 -Woodblock, mimeograph, silkscreen. 54 x 54cm - 2015
Stanley Jones – Zenobia – Lithograph 57 x 3 9.5/60.5 x 42.5cm Ed46/50 -1970
Nigel Oxley - Pt. 1. The Muhlberg Suite: Look At Me And Remember - Multiple process, 60 x 51 cms - 2016
Prism was part of the IXth Engraving Exhibition in the Santa Maria della Pietà in Cremona, Italy, September 24 - October 29, 2017!
Previous Sponsors of Prism Events to whom we are greatly indebted:
John Bullock Design architecture and interiors
Norman McBeath: Ibis, Edition of 30 Image 165mm x 165mm, paper 400mm x 300mm (Somerset velvet white 300gsm) Photogravure
Sumi Perera, Rebuilding the Unbuilt [Y Block] (i) (2014).Intaglio.
Our special thanks to the organisers Vladimiro Elvieri and Maria Chiara Toni (who are also members of Prism) the Cremona Biennale, also called L'Arte e il Torchio, the IXth Engraving Exhibition at Cremona in 2017 was a resounding success! Over 1,730 visitors viewed the exhibition and 400 students of schools and art academies took part in educational printmaking workshops within the gallery, taught by Vladimiro and Chiara.133 works were then donated to the Cremona Civic Collection of graphic art.
For Prism this was an extraordinary opportunity to present the full extent of our international artists alongside the range of other world artists chosen by the experienced organisers. And not only with those, but also alongside superb prints from the Paris archive of Mme. Frélaut (Lacourière-Frélaut studio) and from the wonderful Champetier Gallery of Cannes. We were fascinated to observe the Prism works, so advantageously hung and arranged, 'conversing' with such great print art from elsewhere and even with the great names from the past such as Tàpies, Picasso, Chagall, Clavé! It is was so rewarding to experience Prism artists being shown in this exemplary way! We also had the pleasure of meeting other luminaries of the Continental print world like Hector Saunier, and some have joined Prism. Our sincere thanks and congratulations to the Associazione Incisione Senza Confini on such a successful and impressive event!
The exhibition was:
IX INTERNATIONAL ENGRAVING EXHIBITION – CREMONA 2017 September 24th – October 29th, 2017
CREMONA, Centro culturale “Santa Maria della Pietà” Piazza Giovanni XXIII
MASTERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: Picasso, Chagall, Miró, Hayter, Music, Clavé, Tàpies
A historical section that presents forty works by some of the greatest exponents of the modern art history, coming from important private collections of Cannes (Michelle Champetier Gallery) and Paris (Denise Frélaut, director of the famous Atelier Lacourière-Frélaut in Montmartre). www.mchampetier.com
THE SECRET GESTURE
Reserved to the most important Italian and foreign contemporary artists who are distinguished for the quality of their art graphics research. Forty works of medium and large format, in which the engraved sign becomes a communicative gesture.
PRISM 8 “Connections”
Seventy works created with various graphic techniques by 36 artists members of the Prism Print International of London, coming from seven countries: United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, China, South Korea. Itinerary show in Europe and Asia. www.prismprintinternational.com
EX-LIBRIS CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI;
A significant collection of ex-libris and small graphic of Italian and foreign artists, dedicated to the figure and works of the great composer and musician from Cremona, in the 450th anniversary of the birth (1567). Show in collaboration with AIE-Associazione Italiana Ex-libris and Liceo Musicale “Riccardo Malipiero” of Varese.
Info: Associazione INCISIONE SENZA CONFINI (no profit) Cod.Fisc. 93059680194 C.so Vacchelli 51, 26100 Cremona, Italy
Tel. 0372 30410 - 3402244963 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org www.incisionesenzaconfini.it facebook/incisionesenzaconfini
Michelle Champetier Gallery: www.mchampetier.com
NEWS We are thrilled to welcome new members!
Egide, Sachie Hirakawa, Silvana Martignoni, Jim Monson, Herman Noordermeer, Selvihan Kilic, Mikael Kihlman, and Zhang Minjie join other new members Jurjen Ravenhorst, Haruko Cho, Norman McBeath and Sumi Perera - See further down this page for info!
PRISM will showcase alongside works from the Belfast Print Workshop, at the Belfast Oriel Gallery in November 2018, and with the Society of Scottish Artists at their Annual Exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, December to January 2018-19!
PRISM will exhibit Polish and Italian approaches to intaglio/planographic lino and engraving on plastics in Tokyo's B-gallery April 2019
Jurjen Ravenhorst - Diptych III, lithography 2015, 50,7 x 46,3 cm, edition 12-
Haruko Cho - B-Cushion #14. Piezograph on hand-made paper
Vladimiro Elvieri and Maria Chiara Toni - Photo:Marta Di Donna
Photos: Vladimiro Elvieri, Nigel Oxley, Wendy Shirvani, John Read, Yolanda Eveleens, Ruud Streefkerk
Zhang Minjie - Woodcut 1993
Mikael Kihlman engraving
Jim Monson - 'Maternity' - reduction woodcut. 21/25. Japanese paper, 49 x 37.7 on 65 x 44 cm.
Herman Noordermeer - 'Z.T' - 2015 - Litho. 115 x 95 on 145 x 115 cm.
Selvihan Kilic - stencil and woodcut.
Egide - Au Secours! - burin engraving - 2005. 63 x 46 cm
Silvana Martignoni - 'The Four Elements' 2016. Mezzotint on copper plate. 49 x 44.3 on 80 x 60 cm.
Arianna Tagliabue - "Angel" - 2013 - drypoint, Dremel, roller, carborundum on PVC. 70 x 50 cm
SHIZUKO KIYOHARA, HIDEKI KONDO
NAO MASUDA, NORMAN MCBEATH