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Parallel Project: Choosing a Printmaker/Artist to study

Pablo Picasso

What is it that has drawn you to this artist?

I was drawn to look further into Pablo Picasso’s printmaking after seeing an exhibition which focused solely on his print explorations ( Picasso’s Prints was held at Compton Verney). What I discovered and am continuing to discover is the breadth of expression Picasso was able to achieve through print as a medium. Much like his painting and other art his prints have a wide range of styles and subjects. They range from complex etchings and sugar tints to simple but expressive mono-prints.

What do they do in their work that makes them unique?

I think partly Picasso’s breadth of chosen mediums not just in print but in art in general makes him unique. He was constantly learning and stretching his form of expression in new methods and techniques. I think that as I mentioned earlier the range of methods he chose to print in makes him unique. Also that this was a medium he explored later in life. I think this is important because it allowed him time to develop his own artistic voice or style over time. The result is that generally when you look at his prints it’s easy to identify them as the work of Picasso based on creative language or style.

Who do you think has influenced their own development?

I’m still learning about Picasso and his influences in general. But I do know he was often influenced by friendships and relationships. Many of his prints are of lovers or wives/his own children growing up. Some of his delicate mono-prints resemble the line style of Matisse whom Picasso had a friendship with for some of his adult life. One print in particular comes to mind; ‘Francoise with a Bow in Her Hair, 1946’.

I’ve begun reading ‘A Picasso Portfolio – Prints from the Museum of Modern Art by Deborah Wye’ as part of my research into the influences behind his prints.

How influential do you see their printmaking to have been in the historical context?

So far I feel unable to say how influential Picasso’s printing has been. But I know Picasso as an artist in general is regarded as one of the most influential to art in the 20th Century. I assume I will learn more about this as I research.

Research Links:

The British Museum – has lots of Picasso’s Prints but I can’t seem to view the images online or find information about whether or not they’re on display at the moment.

The V&A Collection – have a range of Picasso’s work and images of the Artist.

Tate: Portrait of a Woman after Cranach the Younger – 1958 Linocut 

Head of a Young Boy – 1945 Lithograph 

MoMA Collection – is extensive, some 1,241 works online.

 

Angie Lewin

What is it that has drawn you to this artist?

I’ve admired Angie Lewin’s work for a few years new and continue to be surprised by her work. I’m mostly drawn to the aesthetic of he work and her subject matter. I admire her use of colours, always to complement and enhance her subject never to clash or confront. Much of her work depicts natural plant life, or landscapes across Great Britain. I’m also curious about how commercially viable and flexible her work is. Her work has been used for wallpaper design, fabric patters, book illustrations, posters.

I also admire the way she brings different natural materials together in arrangements. Perhaps I’m drawn to work out of nostalgia, I grew up in the countryside and spent a lot of time outside collecting leaves and natural objects often bringing them home to admire or even to draw.

As a print-maker her work is highly detailed and skilled. As modern print-maker’s go she is probably among the most skilled of our era. She works in great detail in lino and wood-block mediums as well as screen printing.

What do they do in their work that makes them unique?

I think there are a couple of things that make her work unique, whilst the subject matter may not be unique I think her style or approach towards it is. Her prints often contain landscapes or natural forms, but rather than trying to create as realistic looking a representation as possible she looks more at the patterns or shapes of the forms and represents those. Often her work is a complex layering of geometric shapes alongside natural forms or shapes. The amount of varying scale of her work is also unique. Her passion for nature is seemingly insatiable. I think she also has a uniquely flexible approach when it comes to being able to translate a drawing or watercolour sketch into a lithograph, or linocut, or woodcut print.

Who do you think has influenced their own development?

I recently went to an exhibition of Angie Lewin’s work which was titled ‘A Printmakers Journey’. This exhibition which was curated by Lewin herself included works from artists who had influenced her own development as print maker. Two print makers whose work featured prominently and she often cites as influences are Eric Ravilious & Edward Bawden. Some of her work even features visual references to these two artists for instance Edward Ravilious’ ‘Edward the VII Coronation’ mug features in her painting ‘The 1937 Coronation Mug’.

How influential do you see their printmaking to have been in the historical context?

This question is somewhat impossible to answer and any attempt would be speculation as to her future influence given that she is currently alive and active.

Research Links:

Angie Lewin’s Studio – Flickr account with images

Film by YSP to accompany her 2013 exhibition ‘A Natural Line’

‘Alphabet and Feathers’ – Wood Engraving 

‘Island Celebration’ – Linocut 

‘Moonlit Cup’ – Linocut 

‘Shoreline’ – Screenprint

First hand research/information:

I visited the exhibition ‘A Printmaker’s Journey’ whilst it was at the Winchester Discovery Centre in April. I bought a copy of the exhibition information booklet home with me as well as a set of notes which Angie Lewin had written to accompany the exhibits. Both the booklet and the her notes provide insight into the influence other artist’s have had on her journey as an artist/printmaker.

Exhibition information from Angie Lewin’s ‘A Printmaker’s Journey’ April 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also drew a couple of quick pencil sketches of some works whilst there.

Some sketches I drew of Angie Lewin’s work.

Exhibition: Picasso’s Prints at Compton Verney ~ December 2016

This post is very late in being written but here goes. Back in December on the last possible day to see it, we went to see an exhibition of Picasso’s Prints at Compton Verney. 

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take any photo’s whilst in the exhibition but I did some observational drawings of prints which caught my eye as we went along. It was an interesting exhibition which had a mix of style of printmaking. There were linocut reduction prints, mono-print’s, etchings, and even finger printed images. Most interesting was how he dabbled with printing over a period of years, he didn’t really start printing in earnest until his 60’s and then continued to refine his ideas for years.

Sketches of Lithography prints by Picasso.

The drawings on the left were of lithographic prints which Picasso created for book illustrations. These were earlier in his print explorations. But they still feel like works of Picasso.

 

 

 

In the sketch below is a drawing of a multi-coloured linocut print on first look it appeared like a simple print. Except the longer I looked at it the more intricate the print appeared, a mix of interlocking shapes with the typical style of Picasso. It had an interesting palette of colours, brown, terracotta, cream and yellow.

 

Sketch of a multi-coloured linocut print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favourite prints was a delicate mono-print which was a drawing of Picasso’s wife with his son. It’s light on detail but has a real effortless feel, a tenderness to it. Maybe that’s reading too much into it but that’s what I could see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gallery had some carbon paper so I had a second go at sketching the drawing but I guess with a form of printing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did one final drawing of a really complex linocut print. I didn’t manage to finish sketching it because it was so complex, images within images it seemed! I think I must’ve stood and sketched for 40 minutes and the result it a partially complete drawing.

 

 

 

 

 

What was most surprising and exciting about the exhibition was seeing the breadth of creative expression Picasso found in Printmaking. He used it as a tool to express himself, an extension to his voice as an Artist. I feel that personally I haven’t really found full confidence in my own ‘voice’ as an Artist, so it’s interesting exploring printmaking at this stage. Everything is just slightly off or not how I imagined. But one thing that the exhibition taught me was that it takes a lifetime to develop a ‘voice’. Picasso spent his whole life exploring various art forms and it made his creative expression rich and full.

Foggy evening at Compton Verney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter berries.