Cleo Wilkinson is one of our very talented contemporary artists, printing primarily in mezzotints, and working in Australia. Wilkinson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Auckland University in New Zealand. Her mezzotints have been exhibited in over 200 international juried group and solo exhibitions. She has been artist in residence and visiting artist in over 30 international locations. Cleo has been awarded numerous major international print awards, most recently being named the 2013 Shortlisted Finalist by the 2013 Print Council of Australia Print Commission, winning the 2013 First Prize in Traditional Printmaking in the International Contemporary Miniprint Kazanlak in Bulgaria, and winning the Director’s Choice Award and National Print Award in the 2013 CPM NSW, Australia.
We have four prints by Cleo Wilkinson in our 2013 Winter Contemporary Show. Of the prints we selected, three are still available to purchase and view on the gallery wall.
“My interest lies in the power to evoke disquieting and elusive moments with the subtle nuances of light from the richness of the mezzotint printmaking technique (invented and unchanged since 1642).To find beauty in simple figures; isolating and raising them into the realm of poetry.
I try to emphasize the singularity, silence, and loneliness of a form; to translate the emotion and atmosphere around it. What is missing in the shadows and suggested provides the greatest potential for me.”
“The mezzotint technique is known as “maniere noire” it demands patience and precision. It is an extremely labor and time-consuming process; and intensely intimate one. The technique is contradictory. You create the relief and then eliminate it, working from pitch darkness- painstakingly and carefully nursing the image out of the shadows and into the light. It has a primordial mystery.”
To see these print and more from our 2013 Winter Contemporary Show, check out our website here or visit our Georgetown gallery.