Featuring ground-breaking original prints by APW Artist Fellowship recipients Megan Cope, Shaun Gladwell, Tim Maguire and Patricia Piccinini, the NGV exhibition New Australian Printmaking launched the body of work created as a result of the APW Artist Fellowship Program.
Initiated and curated by APW Director Anne Virgo OAM, the APW Artist Fellowship Program is the most significant of its kind in Australia. Awarded between 2017 and 2021, the Fellowship enabled leading contemporary artists Megan Cope, Shaun Gladwell, Tim Maguire, and Patricia Piccinini the opportunity to expand their practice into new territory and to collaborate with APW’s Printers Martin King and Simon White to research, develop and create a new body of work in the print medium.
Tony Ellwood AM, Director of the NGV, said: ‘The NGV is proud to be a commissioning partner of the Australian Print Workshop Artist Fellowship program. This initiative has revealed the surprising and unexpected ways that printmaking can expand the practice of contemporary artists working today, as well as the consummate skill of APW’s printers. This exhibition is a wonderful and timely celebration of prints and the important national role the Australian Print Workshop plays in supporting artists and Australian printmaking.’
New Australian Printmaking showcased all the works produced during the APW Artist Fellowship program. The exhibition also provided audiences with a fascinating insight into the collaborative process of making original prints through supplementary material including printing plates, proofs and filmed documentary footage of the artists and printers in the APW printmaking studios.
Megan Cope’s Fellowship project took the form of two monumental multi-panel colour lithographs depicting the artist’s Quandamooka Ancestral Country. Featuring her signature use of colonial-period maps, delicate colour washes and hand-inscribed Indigenous place names in nineteenth-century typeface, these large-scale works challenge colonial-settler narratives and extend Cope’s research-based practice that investigates issues relating to cultural identity and the environment.
Image: Megan Cope - YARABINDJA BUDJURUNG I. Lithograph (one hand-drawn lithographic plate + two photolithographic plates).
Overall image + sheet size: 106cm x 365.5cm. Printed in an edition of 5 (plus proofs) by APW Printers Martin King and Simon White at APW, Melbourne, 2021.
Shaun Gladwell’s Fellowship prints built on his longstanding interest in street culture, technology and the physical limits of the body.
Using a range of traditional and digital print techniques, as well as new media, Gladwell produced three major suites of prints that were his most ambitious to date. One of these series, Skulls ‘R’ us 1-3, 2019, featuring the artist’s iconic skull imagery, was developed using a 360-degree camera.
Image: Shaun Gladwell - Skulls 'R' us 3. Etching (with lift ground, open bite, aquatint, hardground, burnished aquatint and drypoint). Image size: 90cm x 120cm.
Sheet size: 102.5cm x 129.5cm. Printed in an edition of 5 (plus proofs) by APW Printers Martin King and Simon White at APW, Melbourne, 2019.
Tim Maguire incorporated chance into his creative process in a series of vibrant colour intaglio prints titled CMY Dice Abstracts.
Deriving from six sample charcoal drawings and using only the three primary colours – cyan, magenta and yellow – the compositions of each of his Fellowships prints was determined by the roll of dice, which resulted in an extraordinary and unexpected range of colour combinations.
Image: Tim Maguire - CMY Dice Abstract 1. Intaglio (three photopolymer intaglio plates). Image size: 48cm x 48cm. Sheet size: 58.5cm x 57cm.
Printed in an edition of 10 (plus proofs) by APW Printers Martin King and Simon White at APW, Melbourne, 2021.
Patricia Piccinini, engaged with printmaking for the first time during her Fellowship, creating two ambitious suites of prints. The Weavers’ Suite, used etching and lithography to bring a new inflection to her long-standing investigation of nature, the body, and the uncanny. Her second series The Skywhale Suite, features the artist’s provocative Skywhale family hovering over a variety of brightly coloured landscapes and combines hand-drawn and computer-generated images to create a suite of lithographs.
Image: Patricia Piccinini - Mountains (from The Skywhale Suite). Lithograph (one hand-drawn lithographic plate + two photolithographic plates).
Image size: 44cm x 64cm. Sheet size: 56cm x 76cm. Printed in an edition of 25 (plus proofs) by APW Printers Martin King and Simon White at APW, Melbourne, 2019.
NEW AUSTRALIAN PRINTMAKING
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne
13 May - 11 September 2022
The Australian Print Workshop Artist Fellowship Program was generously assisted by: a Bequest from the Estate of Beverley Shelton and her late husband Martin Schönthal; the Australian Government through the Australian Council, its arts funding body; the National Gallery of Victoria; and the Ursula Hoff Institute.
APW thanks the Artists and their representatives for their participation and support of the APW Artist Fellowship Program. Megan Cope courtesy Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Shaun Gladwell courtesy Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne. Tim Maguire and Patricia Piccinini courtesy Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.
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