Wednesday, 4 November 2015

RE Masters Exhibition

The Masters is a series of annual exhibitions established by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers focusing on a particular branch of printmaking and this year's exhibition, curated by Angie Lewin RE, is devoted to works that employ any relief printmaking techniques. The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) was founded as the Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers in 1880. It was established to counter the Royal Academy’s then refusal to recognise printmaking as a creative rather than a merely reproductive art. All Members are elected on merit, based on the quality of their work alone, in a tradition reaching back over a hundred years

I was pleased to be invited to the opening and private view of the exhibition, yesterday evening, at Bankside Gallery (next door to Tate Modern). I've not been to Bankside Gallery before but it is a lovely space and is also home to the Royal Watercolour Society.
The exhibition (which is free) runs from 3rd -15th  November 2015 and the relief printmaking techniques utilised includes: woodcuts, metalcuts, linocuts, wood engraving, relief etching, block press, and even potato prints. Any print that has a relief printmaking technique as a primary technique is eligible.
All sorts of relief printing are eligible for entry including this pair of shoes (below). This work is titled 'Gender is a Social Construct' and is a laser cut linoprint by Clare Harding.
Fenner Paper sponsored one of the prizes awarded on the evening. The prize was awarded to Charles Shearer for Edgelands, pictured below, printed as a relief card print.
I would thoroughly recomend a visit to this charming gallery to see this amazingly diverse range of work - many works are also available to purchase at very reasonable prices. The exhibition runs from 3rd -15th November 2015.
Posted by Justin Hobson 04.11.2015

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