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Current Exhibitions - Edinburgh Printmakers

Kirsty Whiten: Breeder Badlands
14 January to 10 March 2012

This engaging solo exhibition by Kirsty Whiten deals with the complexities of the new familial unit and contains both large works on canvas and a new series of stone lithographs commissioned and co-published by Edinburgh Printmakers.

Keenly rendered figures, faces and gestures are examined in detail and placed in an unsettling context. The exhibition showcases a body of work spanning nearly two years, from small-scale drawings, through life size oil and varnish paintings shot through with Day-Glo, to new prints.

These are bare and essential images; mothers, fathers and infants in knotted groups, travelling and resting in imagined woodlands and badlands. Stripped of clothes and technology, these families are none the less robustly connected, and surviving.
Whiten works first with models and photography, acting out scenarios and interpreting ideas. Drawing and painting from these photographs, sketches and other found images forms the basis of her practice.
During this co-publishing project with Edinburgh Printmakers, Whiten has discovered an affinity with stone lithography. Her direct drawing works well in this medium, as the materials demand that marks must be made with confidence. The resulting prints are bold and intricate; the figures condensed by a sense of epic narrative pressing in from outside the frame.

Kirsty Whiten studied at ECA, spent a year in Paris and is now based near Edinburgh. She has been producing her distinctive, warped drawings and paintings for over 10 years, exhibiting internationally, most recently at Bold Hype in New York and Stolenspace in London. Whiten's imagery divides opinion; it's finely crafted and sensitively rendered but the subjects are challenging and the humour dark. Whiten first made co-published prints with Edinburgh Printmakers in 2008, and found her technique translated well into stone lithography. The tight drawings and richly coloured paintings in her recent London show Feral Family have grown into this new sprawling, fecund series of stone lithographs.


For the following events prior booking is essential as places are limited.
To book, visit or phone 0131 5572479

Artist Talk by Kirsty Whiten
Saturday 14 January 2012, 2-3pm, FREE
Kirsty will talk about her collaboration with Edinburgh Printmakers and her artistic practice; from the conceiving of the original idea, through photography, drawings, and her relationships with her models, to the production of large paintings on canvas and her recent work in stone lithography.

Stone Lithography Taster Class
Saturday 03 March 2012, 11am-4pm, £60/£45 conc. (Includes all materials)
Inspired by Kirsty Whitens lithographs, explore drawing directly onto lithographic stone and print your own lithograph.
16yrs and over (No previous experience required).

Jenny Littlejohn’s Drawing Class |Breeder Badlands
Wednesdays, 15, 22 & 29 February, 6.30-8.30pm, £15 pp each class
During the exhibition Breeder Badlands by artist Kirsty Whiten, Jenny Littlejohn will run three life-drawing classes, each with a unique theme based on the exhibition.
Jenny is an Edinburgh based artist with a BA (Hons) and MFA from Edinburgh College of Art. She has exhibited both in Scotland and internationally in Greenland, Japan, USA, Denmark and France and has been running drawing classes and workshops in Edinburgh since 2009. Her classes attract students of all ages and levels.

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Admission: Free
Images: Available on request
Interviews: Available on request
Access: If you require assistance with physical access or interpretation please contact us prior to your visit
Venue: Edinburgh Printmakers
Address: 23 Union Street
Telephone: 0131 557 2479
Fax: 0131 558 8418
Web site:
Contact: Sarah-Manning Cordwell

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