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Previous Exhibitions - Edinburgh Printmakers

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Paul Furneaux: Mokuhanga
28 May to 23 July 2011

An exhibition by well-known Scottish artist Paul Furneaux exploring the theme of landscape through the Japanese woodblock printing technique Mokuhanga.

This exhibition explores the development of the artist’s use of this technique over the past decade, with an emphasis on his most recent series, which has seen his 2D practice develop into 3D wall-mounted sculptural objects.

Mokuhanga, is a traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking technique, using watercolour, gouache or pure pigments applied by brush to cut wooden blocks. After the inking, the printing is done by hand, without a press, using a “baren”(hand disk usually wrapped in a bamboo leaf) onto “Washi”, Japanese hand made paper.

The foundation of Furneaux’s art work has always been about looking and experiencing the landscape with it’s varying vistas and ever changing light conditions. The final manifestation his work, becomes an abstraction and distillation of this contemplation of the landscape, subtly blending the physical reality with the implied.

27 May 2011

Artist Talk
29 June 2011
Paul Furneaux will give an illustrated talk about the development of his Japanese woodblock prints over the past decade since completing a Masters at the renowned Tama Art University in Tokyo in 2000.
This will highlight some of the developments in his work leading on to the most recent changes as the work has evolved from 2D practice to enable him to present the printed works as 3D wall-mounted objects which feature in the current exhibition

Studio Demonstration of Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock Printing)
09 July 2011
To complement his exhibition “Mokuhanga”: Paul Furneaux will highlight some of the skills involved in hand printing Japanese woodblock printing, illustrating through demonstration the control that hand printing and brushed application of colour give. Paul will also talk about the tools used and demonstrate their use.

Opening Hours:Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Admission: Free
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

An Informed Energy: Lithography and Tamarind
26 March 2011- 21 May 2011

This world-class exhibition of works by leading and international artists Jim Dine, Kiki Smith and Lesley Dill, celebrates the diversity of the medium of lithography and the accomplishments of the renowned Tamarind Institute of New Mexico.
Tamarind Institute is a non profit centre for lithography that trains master-printers and houses a professional collaborative studio for artists. Founded in 1960 in Los Angeles, Tamarind played a significant role in reviving the art of lithography in the United States and continues to provide professional training and creative opportunities for artists. Tamarind Institute is recognized internationally for its contributions to the growth of contemporary printmaking around the world.

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Admission: Free
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

Mosaic: John Goto
15 January - 19 March 2010

Prompted by the invasion of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Defense Force (27 December 2008 - 21 January 2009), John Goto has made a new series of apparently abstract images entitled "Mosaic".
Access to the conflict was denied to the international press. One common means of censoring digital images is the application of a standard graphics filter named Mosaic. Having mapped a grid across the chosen area of the picture, the filter averages the tones and colours within each rectangle. When applied by Goto to documentary images, the filter transforms them into’ abstracts’ reminiscent of the colour systems paintings made by artists Johannes Itten, Paul Klee and Max Bill.

Documentary images from the conflict that appeared on the internet were often made, not by professional photo journalists, but by eye-witnesses using mobile phones or small digital cameras. Goto explores the characteristically pixilated look to be found in such images.

The artist has solved the problem of representing censored, hidden images by making double-sided prints onto single sheets of paper. Specially designed frames allow viewing from both sides. For this exhibition Goto has also created two mural size images and worked with Edinburgh Printmakers on the research and development of a newly commissioned work that explores the convergence of traditional printmaking techniques with digital image manipulation and printing.

John Goto has had solo exhibitions at Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery and the Photographers Gallery, and is represented by galleries in Paris, Munich and Seoul. Goto is currently Professor of Fine Art at the
University of Derby.

John Goto would like to acknowledge the support of Carbon Colour, Oxfordshire and D-MARC Digital and Material Arts Research Centre, University of Derby.

Winter Exhibition 2010
13 November - 23 December 2010

Come along to Edinburgh Printmakers to view our largest annual members’ exhibition, where we will be celebrate the festive season with a showcase of some of Scotland’s best printmaking talent.

Choose from an unprecedented selection of contemporary, original, fine art prints, hand-made on site in the studio at Edinburgh Printmakers, and take them home the same day.

If you are searching for a unique gift for that special person, then look no further. Prices start at around £30!

Extended Opening Times:
Christmas Shopping Evenings
Thursdays, 09, 16 & 23 December, 6 to 8pm.

3D 2D: Object and Illusion in Print:
Prints from the Centre for Fine Print Research in Bristol

18 September - 30 October 2010

Katie Davies/Peter Walters
Jeremy Gardiner/ Anthony Head
Brendan Reid
Paul Laidler
Charlotte Hodes
Conor Wilson
Lesley Dill
Richard Hamilton
Paul Sandammeer
Paul Thirkell

This exhibition features the work of a range of artists who have worked at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE in Bristol. Each of the works have been realised through the use of cutting edge digital print technologies and explore new relationships between the notion of object and illusion made possible by such means.


Artist Talk by Jeremy Gardiner and Paul Thirkwell
Saturday 11 September, 1-2pm

Artist Jeremy Gardiner will speak about the work he has produced in creative partnership with Anthony Head for the show. This includes a complex and fascinating 3D exploration of a UNESCO world heritage site where a virtual topographical landscape of the Jurassic Coast in Dorset can experienced by the viewer combining the characteristics of painting, drawing, computer animation, immersive Virtual Reality, ambient sound and satellite data. He will also speak about 3D dome relief prints and laser cut curved cherry wood panoramas that he made at the CFPR to accompany the virtual space of LIGHT YEARS: COAST.

Curator of 3D 2D Object and Illusion in Print Paul Thirkell from the Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol, will talk about the theme of the exhibition and outline how this has been explored by the artists in the show and provide insight into the work that went into the production of the prints at the CFPR. He will also outline some of the research that is undertaken at the Centre especially in relation to cutting edge print techniques such as 3D rapid prototype printing, laser cutting and artist quality wide format inkjet printing.

Prints Of Darkness
17 July - 04 September 2010

Edinburgh Printmakers presents its world premiere exhibition of new work exploring record cover art, curated by Sarah-Manning Cordwell, Norman Shaw, and Edward Summerton and published by Edinburgh Printmakers. This exhibition will include original prints by eleven Scottish artists and a new LP of music by People Like Us, aka international award-winning multimedia artist Vicki Bennett.

Celebrating the vinyl record as an abiding audio-visual artefact, this project recalls the golden age of the record cover in the thick of post-psychedelia’s goth-surrealistic art-nouveau apocalyptic landscape explosion, now being revived in a current resurgence of collectable limited-edition records with original artwork.

The record cover provides a fundamental interface between music and the still image, and has become an essential aspect of musical and visual subcultures. The art is often viewed for at least as long as the duration of the record – for much longer than most gallery-based work. The record cover synaesthetically maps the sonic journey inscribed on the record.

People Like Us illuminates this dark visual ride with ‘This is Light Music’, an exclusive full-length picture-disc album in a limited edition of only 250. This record is available as part of a lavish limited edition boxed-set publication which houses the record and a pull-out poster in a gatefold sleeve, and includes essays by People Like Us and co-curator Norman Shaw. This publication is on sale throughout the exhibition, together with specially commissioned T’Shirts and badges by the participating artists.

20 March - 08 May 2010
An eclectic group exhibition of over 20 artists that showcases some of the best printmaking talent, emerging from the Scottish art colleges over the last 2 years.

Events: Negativnights

A provocative series of underground and experimental artists’ films and documentaries

Film Screenings on Thursdays 22, 29 April, & 06, 13 May 2010, from 7pm… £2 entry

Winter Exhibtion 2009
Come along to Edinburgh Printmakers to view our largest annual members’ exhibition, where we will be celebrate the festive season with a showcase of some of Scotland’s best printmaking talent.

Peter Blake
The Scottish Premiere of the Venice suite and other works by Peter Blake in association with the Paul Stolper Gallery, London.

Peter Blake is one of Britain’s most famous international artists and to many the father of British Pop Art. The Venice Suite comprises twenty new screenprints inspired by his recent experiences in the Italian city.

Chad McCail

Part of the Edinburgh Art Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this is the world pre
Premiere of an exhibition of new dynamic screenprints by Chad McCail, who is one of the UK’s leading international contemporary artists based in Scotland.

Commissioned and published by Edinburgh Printmakers, these screenprints reflect the history and mechanics of compulsory education and explore the way we deal with puberty as a society.

An essay accompanies this exhibition written by Daniel Herrmann, Curator of the Paolozzi Collection at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

William Kentridge

40 Years at Edinburgh Printmakers

David Shrigley

Gavin Turk, Faces

Alan Davie
Alfons Bytautas, Lost Time & Annie Woodford, Ice: Tracing the Line of Existence

Alfons Bytautas, Lost Time, Gallery 2

This thoughtful and reflective collection of work is a record of the artist’s thoughts and impulses in relation to the passing of time.
The exhibition consists of mainly small-scale black and white intaglio prints (polymer gravures, photo etchings & etchings), the main focus of the show being a group of around 30 “diary” prints, presented simply as one large installation piece.

Annie Woodford, Ice: Tracing the Line of Existence, Gallery 3

Fascinated by the tenuous connection between past, present and future and the shadowy, illusive meaning of time, Annie Woodford’s practise encompasses object-making, installations, wall works and works on paper. Obsessed with frozen environments and the nature of ice, her research projects have included journeys to the Arctic, Iceland and most recently the glaciers of New Zealand.

In this exhibition she explores the capability of ice to be both permanent and transient, it’s ability to encapsulate the past and predict the future and the role it plays in highlighting the fragility of the natural world.
Referencing her interests in absence and presence, macro to micro and making the unseen seen, the work crosses boundaries between object making and print making; exploiting both 2D and 3D renderings.

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