Prints

“Light, Shadow & Time” opens May 20th

Reflections on a Crosstown Vista.  Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2015 Image size 12 1/16 x 12 1/16" (30.7 x 30.7 cm).

Reflections on a Crosstown Vista. By Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2015. Image size 12 1/16 x 12 1/16″ (30.7 x 30.7 cm). LINK.

We are excited to announce our upcoming summer show, Light, Shadow & Time, a group of contemporary prints from 16 talented emerging and established printmakers. The prints selected are an eclectic mix, but all explore the patterns found in our natural and manufactured world. Whether by exploring the layering and rearrangement of natural textures or the effect of light and time on a subject, these artists see compositions in the everyday, the fleeting, the organic, and the microscopic. Light, Shadow & Time opens on Friday, May 20 and runs through Saturday, September 10, 2016.

With an important focus on the temporal and ephemeral interplay between architecture and light, Patrick Anderson and James Haggerty create dynamic scenes out of shifting shadows, highlighting the emotive warmth and coolness of light. Similarly, Grace Bentley Scheck’s collagraph explores the passage of time “recorded in the marks left by functional changes made in structures over many years, by human design or the elements, and in changing patterns of light and shadow as the sun makes its daily journey across the sky.”

Early Morning Light. Patrick Anderson. Serigraph, 2003. Image size 4 1/4 x 4 1/4" (10.8 x 10.8 cm). LINK.

Early Morning Light. Patrick Anderson. Serigraph, 2003. Image size 4 1/4 x 4 1/4″ (10.8 x 10.8 cm). LINK.

In a trio of highly patterned, organic collages entitled “Room to Grow” Heather McMordie links the puzzle-like nature of printmaking and geology.  Creating three large editions from one woodblock and one lithographic stone, and then drawing on, cutting apart, and piecing together these editions, McMordie takes the composition in as many different directions as possible, paralleling how a combination of just a few elements can create countless different minerals, rocks, and soils. Pattern in nature is further explored in Barbara Milton’s dizzying examination of layered tree leaves, Cleo Wilkinsons’ haunting portrait of the folds and subtle curves of a hibiscus flower, and Nancy Previs’ intimate, mystical composition of water flowing over rough rock, printed in green tint.

All together, the show encourages the viewers to pause, see, and reflect on the spaces, natural or man-made, that they occupy throughout the day.

Selected Artists: Patrick Anderson, Philip Bennet, Grace Bentley Scheck, Steven Brigidi, Richard T. Davis, James Haggerty, Heather McMordie, Barbara Minton, Jake Muirhead, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Ellen Nathan Singer, Nancy Previs, Steven Walker, Larry Welo, Art Werger, and Cleo Wilkinson.

Celestial Light. [The Metropolitan Museum of Art.] By James Haggerty. Etching and chine colle, 2004. Image size 11 11/6 x 5 13/16" (297 x 147 mm). LINK.

Celestial Light. [The Metropolitan Museum of Art.] By James Haggerty. Etching and chine colle, 2004. Image size 11 11/6 x 5 13/16″ (297 x 147 mm). LINK.

Verdure. By Barbara Minton. Etching and aquatint printed in color, 2000. Image size 17 3/8 x 14 3/4" (44.1 x 37.5 cm). LINK.

Verdure. By Barbara Minton. Etching and aquatint printed in color, 2000. Image size 17 3/8 x 14 3/4″ (44.1 x 37.5 cm). LINK.

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2014 Winter Contemporary Show

(L) Persistent Optimism 4b. By Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed. 2/3. Paper size 11 x 10".  (C) Persistent Optimism 2b. By Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed 2/3. Paper size 11 x 10".  (R) Persistent Optimism 4a.  By Heather Mcmordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed 1/3. Paper size 11 x 10".  LINK.

(Left) Persistent Optimism 4b. (Center) Persistent Optimism 2b. (Right) Persistent Optimism 4a.
By Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Edition of 3. Paper size 11 x 10″ each. LINK.

The Old Print Gallery’s 2014 Winter Contemporary Show will open on Friday, November 21, 2014 with a free nighttime celebratory reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. Works by thirteen contemporary printmakers, all created within the last two years, were chosen for the show. The prints selected are an impressive and alluring display of the current eclecticism found in contemporary printmaking.  Purposeful and inventive, the prints are successful experiments in medium, color, and scale, and for many of the artists selected, the prints are a deviation from their previous creative propensities. The show will remain on view in the gallery until February 14, 2014.

Harmonious Rhythm I. Nancy Previs. Photo intaglio, 2014. Ed 2/15. Image size 9 5/8 x 12”. LINK.

Harmonious Rhythm I. Nancy Previs. Photo intaglio, 2014. Ed 2/15. Image size 9 5/8 x 12”. LINK.

Highlights include a haunting and mysterious photo intaglio landscape by Dublin-based Nancy Previs and three small mezzotints of the human form by Australian printmaker Cleo Wilkinson, whose printed visages emerge from a velvety black with a tonal richness and striking subtlety.  The exhibit also features three prints from emerging artist Heather McMordie’s new series, Persistent Optimism, an exciting experiment in prints-turned-drawings, each with elements of lithography, woodcut, graphite, colored pencil, and charcoal.

The 2014 Winter Contemporary Show will also showcase several works by local DC printmakers, including an abstract and playful watercolor-based monotype by Philip Bennet, bold screenprint monotypes with woodcut elements by Susan Goldman, and artfully rendered still lifes in etching and aquatint by Jake Muirhead.

Thrush. Jake Muirhead. Softground with drypoint, 2014. A/P. Image size 11 7/8 x 11 7/8". LINK.

Thrush. Jake Muirhead. Softground with drypoint, 2014. A/P. Image size 11 7/8 x 11 7/8″. LINK.

Selected Artists: Philip Bennet, Richard Carleton, Michael Di Cerbo, Eric Goldberg, Susan Goldman,  Su-Li Hung, Robert Kipniss, Mary Manusos, Heather McMordie, Jake Muirhead, Nancy Previs, Richard Sloat, and Cleo Wilkinson.

Splash #2. Philip Bennet. Oil-based ink monotype, 2013. Ed 1/1. Image size 11 x 17".  LINK.

Splash #2. Philip Bennet. Oil-based ink monotype, 2013. Ed 1/1. Image size 11 x 17″. LINK.

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Washington Post Review of “Winter Contemporary Show”

Moonrise Tide.  By Jake Muirhead. Softground and aquatint, 2013.

Moonrise Tide. By Jake Muirhead. Softground and aquatint, 2013.

Mark Jenkins, arts writer for The Washington Post, featured our Winter Contemporary Show  in his most recent column. Follow the link below to read his article, and make sure to stop by the gallery before February 15 to see the show in person.

Washington Post  2/7/14 review of Winter Contemporary Show

( Quick note: Our exhibit  is the second show reviewed, so it does take some scrolling to get to the write up on the Winter Contemporary Show).

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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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2013 Winter Contemporary Show

Moonrise Tide.  By Jake Muirhead. Softground and aquatint, 2013.

Moonrise Tide. By Jake Muirhead. Softground and aquatint, 2013.

The Old Print Gallery’s 2013 Winter Contemporary Show will open on Friday, November 15, 2013 with a celebratory nighttime reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. Eleven different artists, who use printmaking as their primary medium for artistic expression, were selected for this show.  The works chosen resonate with skill and intention, and reflect the current eclecticism of contemporary printmaking. The show will remain on view until February 15, 2014.

Highlights include new works by local DC artists Jake Muirhead and Phillip Bennet. Muirhead’s large seascape, Moonrise Tide, offers evidence of the artist’s capable and deliberate draftsmanship. In his smaller still life, Bulb, Muirhead uses flowing delicate lines and subtle aquatint, resulting in a print that feels both intimate and fresh. Philip Bennet’s new abstract works are almost playful with their use of brilliantly saturated colors and suggestive titles, All Seeing Eyes and The First Day.

The First Day. By Philip Bennet. Acrylic painting on paper, 2012.

The First Day. By Philip Bennet. Acrylic painting on paper, 2012.

Sumo Kimono. By Pia Oste-Alexander. Collage, undated.

Sumo Kimono. By Pia Oste-Alexander. Collage, undated.

The 2013 Winter Contemporary Show also highlights several innovative approaches to printmaking. Pia Oste-Alexander’s Sumo Kimono is an artful assemblage of artist painted and printed paper, fabric and found patterns.  The gallery is also excited to showcase two prints from Heather McMordie’s 2013 series Not Made For Each Other. In Not Made For Each Other, woodblocks carved with independently derived imagery are printed on top of one another to create one image out of two. The blocks themselves are not made for use together, but with careful color selection and deliberate compositional choices, a cohesive image emerges. According to the artist, the prints “challenge the preconceived notions of what colors, shapes, and textures should or should not ‘work together’, and demonstrate the ability of an object to adapt in relation to another object.”

Not Made For Each Other V. By Heather McMordie. Woodcut with hand-cut paper. Printed on BFK Rives paper. 2013.  *Photographed under glass.

Not Made For Each Other V. By Heather McMordie. Woodcut with hand-cut paper. Printed on BFK Rives paper. 2013. *Photographed under glass.

Selected Artists: Philip Bennet, Eric Goldberg, Susan Goldman, Su-Li Hung, Heather McMordie, Jake Muirhead, Karima Muyaes, Pia Oste-Alexander, Larry Welo, Art Werger, and Cleo Wilkinson.

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