PRISM PRINT INTERNATIONAL
for the love of art - for the love of humanity
Previous exhibitions -
Prism will be at the IXth Engraving Exhibition in the Santa Maria della Pietà in Cremona, Italy, September 24 - October 29, 2017!
PRISM 5 at The Embassy Tea Gallery, Bankside, London 6 – 18 October 2015
Prism 4 catalogue available here - (opens in new window)
DISTINCT IMPRESSIONS: Prism 5 London - Identity and the International Print Artist has just closed after a two week run at the Embassy Tea Gallery, Bankside. The exhibition generated a great deal of interest and many favourable comments, all remarking on the high quality of the works and variety of techniques and approaches, repeatedly saying “Amazing... Wonderful... Inspirational... stunned... beautiful”. We are so pleased with this result.
32 artists from 6 countries exhibited their work, around 140 prints were hung, the opening party was attended by more than 85 people, and important new connections were made. At least 450 visitors passed through the gallery during the exhibition - excellent considering the difficulty of attracting visitors in London’s highly active and competitive arts arena. Once seen, the show left an indelible impression of revelation and excitement, often causing return visits.
Prism 5 was favourably compared with larger and more established print organisations, whilst many of our visitors actually came because they had been to the Jerwood Space along the road, saying our exhibition was of greater interest and quality (sorry, Jerwood!)
We found buyers who appreciated the ooprtunity to see less familiar approaches from other countries, and our efforts to promote printmaking into the realm of mainstream art were noted by art writer Richard Noyce.
Academic print specialist Julia Beaumont-Jones wrote in her catalogue foreword that “PRISM's exhibitions ...have proved to be a vitally important means of cultural and creative exchange, at once encompassing the works of British, European and Japanese artists. PRISM thus represents distinctive traditions and develop- ments in printmaking ...2015’s ...collaboration is the rich, extraordinary sum of a longer-term cre- ative project that has for several years gestated, cross-fertilised, evolved and gathered momentum.”
In all, Prism 5 has proved that there is a real audience for our approach to introduce artist's works of their own choice and show them side-by-side with minimal curatorial intervention. We try to reveal the person behind the work via comaparison and with genuine equality and respect for differences of culture and idea. We seek to promote the preservation of indigenous cultures around the world and resist the destruction of traditions by contemporary global culture. We need both to survive and they must co-operate, just as diversity in the ecosystem is essential for the survival of life on Earth.
(The exhibition was curated by John Read)
32 artists, 6 countries
140 works in almost every print medium
Gallery talks: Kelpra prints by master printer/etcher Nigel Oxley; Japanese artist Toshihiko Ikeda on his own work.
Workshop on waterless litho by a Japanese master printer Masahiro Kawara (held at East London Printmakers Studio)
Thanks to all the artists participating in this vibrant exhibition (links to their websites below). And thanks to those UK artists who helped out by assisting in hanging and taking down, and especially by giving their time for invigilating!
Special thanks to the superb artist Toshihiko Ikeda, our associate in Tokyo, for making the journey to London for this exhibition and giving an enlightening talk about his work
(Video here - soon!)
Also to Master Printer Masahiro Kawara of the famed 'Kawakabo!' in Machida City, Tokyo, for coming to London to give a fascinating workshop on waterless litho technique. Also to his partner Sachie and the six others who came especially for this, including one of our artists, Ryoko Tanaka.
(Video here - Soon!)
Lastly, of course, a big thank you to our own Nigel Oxley for giving his time and enthusiasm to an engrossing talk about his career at the famed studios White Ink and Kelpra.
(Video here - Soon!)
– All of these events added enormously to the effectiveness and impact of Prism 5
This exhibition was generously supported by the following organisations and companies whose assistance was invaluable:
John Bullock Design architecture and interiors
Prism 5 catalogue available here (opens in new window)
Gallery view. Photo: John Read