Botanical, Contemporary, Figurative, Mezzotint, Natural History, Prints

Cleo Wilkinson prints

Clandestine. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2006. Edition 15. SOLD.

Clandestine. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2006. Edition 15. SOLD.

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.

Hibiscus. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2004. Edition 15.

Hibiscus. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2004. Edition 15.

Artist Statement: 

“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.”

Pomegranates. Cleo Wilkinson.  Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 15.

Pomegranates. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 15.

Artichoke. Cleo Wilkinson.  Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 15.

Artichoke. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 15.

To see these print and more from our 2013 Winter Contemporary Show, check out our website here or visit our Georgetown gallery.

 

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17th Century Prints, Botanical, Engraving, Prints

Besler Botanicals

Below are three hand-colored copper engravings from Basil Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis, the first great florilegium. Published in Eichstatt, 1613, two of these prints come from the first edition. Besler’s botanical work “is without doubt one of the greatest flower books ever produced in any country,” according to De Belder. It is “splendid in its array of large drawings, magnificent as a record of the plants in a German garden at the beginning of the seventeenth century” (Hunt). An apothecary and botanist, Besler was in charge of designing and maintaining the celebrated garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, Prince Bishop of Eichstatt. Besler spent 16 years creating the drawings for this work.

Hortus Eystettensis consists of 374 plates, arranged according to season. More than 1,000 flowers are depicted, representing 667 species. Dramatic and often intensely colored, the Besler florals are the largest early botanical prints ever made. Not until the publication of Dr. Robert Thornton’s Temple of Flora 200 years later was there another botanical work fine enough to equal Besler’s.

Asparagus domesticus. Thyrsus Aasparagi. Basilius Besler. Engraving handcolored, 1613. Paper size about 22 x 17 7/8" (565 x 455mm). Good condition with later hand color.

Asparagus domesticus. Thyrsus Aasparagi. Basilius Besler. Engraving handcolored, 1613. Paper size about 22 x 17 7/8″ (565 x 455mm). Good condition with later hand color.

Cinara major Boloniensis, Cinara Genuensium, Cinara seu Artischochi vulgatior. (Artichoke). Basilius Besler. Engraving, hand colored. 1618-c.1640. Sheet size 20 3/8 x 17" (520 x 432  mm). Overall good condition.  Currently located at The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Cinara major Boloniensis, Cinara Genuensium, Cinara seu Artischochi vulgatior. (Artichoke). Basilius Besler. Engraving, hand colored. 1618-c.1640. Sheet size 20 3/8 x 17″ (520 x 432 mm). Overall good condition.
Currently located at The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Helleboraster maximus. Basilius Besler. Engraving, c.1640. Sheet size 21 7/8 x 17 1/4" (557 x 438 mm). Good condition and color. Currently located at The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Helleboraster maximus. Basilius Besler. Engraving, c.1640. Sheet size 21 7/8 x 17 1/4″ (557 x 438 mm). Good condition and color. Currently located at The Old Print Shop in NYC.

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