We have a beautiful letterpress machine built in the twenties, an Autovic.
It is quite a sophisticated clamshell machine, motorised, with eight inking rollers and a platen approx 35 x 45 cm. We got it from circle press when Ron King needed to find a home for his old presses but, unfortunately, we just don’t have a use for this one and we need the space. Although it needs some re-assembling, it has all the original parts and a manual. It just need some TLC. Free to anyone who can collect. Also an old Modbury aquatint box, size 30 inch.
The studio is currently madly busy producing a series of new wood cuts by Gillian Ayres for her forthcoming exhibition at Alan Cristea Gallery running from 16 Mar 2017 – 22 Apr 2017.
Gillian has produced nine maquettes that we are working from by jigsawing and carving walnut veneer faced MDF. The exhibition will feature many prints produced at Thumbprint alongside paintings and other works on paper, and coincides with a major retrospective of the artist’s work at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.
Courtesy Gillian Ayres and Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Recently completed projects at the studio include a set of three etchings by Bernar Venet;
“indeterminate line”. The prints are based on drawings that Bernar made from his recent sculptures and the resulting prints are made using photopolymer gravure, deep bitten photoetchings, carborundum and drypoint techniques. These exciting prints are pulled from three plates but still capture the spontaneity, dynamism and physicality of the original drawings.
Cornelia Parker gives the studio a big shout in this video from the FT “what is an original print” filmed at the Alan Cristea Gallery.
Antony Gormley’s current exhibition at the Alan Cristea Gallery presents a fantastic body of work, most of which have been produced at Thumbprint Editions over the last year. A series of seven monumental woodcuts are based on his 2014 work Expansion Field and are complemented by body prints which Antony produced at his own studio. Also in the show are smaller scale aquatint works which relate to the woodcuts and a set of delicate hard-ground etchings that counterbalance the Body prints. The show runs 13th May through 2nd July.
Matrix VI, 2016 courtesy Antony Gormley and Alan Cristea Gallery, London
This year’s London Original Print Fair showcased several projects produced at Thumbprint, with Contemporary Editions showing etchings by Anish Kapoor and Rodrigo Andrade, while Alan Cristea Gallery had a couple of works from the series of Letterpress prints by Michael Craig-Martin.
In line with our philosophy of encouraging the development of printmaking in these times when we see the closure of many college printmaking departments, we are offering work placement schemes for Art school graduates. These schemes can often lead to further employment or training opportunities.
If you are interested, please e-mail your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 32 inch Rochat etching press for sale £6.000 inc VAT 6th June 2017
- Need to find a good home for a letterpress machine 2nd March 2017
- Thumbprint News – February 2017 2nd February 2017
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