Friday, 11 November 2016

RE Masters Exhibition - Etching

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 Norman Ackroyd RA RE, is devoted to works that employ any intaglio 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, on Wednesday evening, at Bankside Gallery (next door to Tate Modern) which is a lovely space and is home to the Royal Watercolour Society.
The exhibition (which is free) runs from 9th -20th  November 2016 and the intaglio printmaking techniques utilised include: etching, aquatint, engraving, drypoint and mezzotint. you can see below, the gallery was packed to capacity to hear Norman Ackroyd's introduction and official opening of the exhibition.
Fenner Paper sponsored one of the prizes awarded on the evening. The prize was awarded to Claire Willberg, a printmaker who is a member of the Slaughterhaus Print Studio in South London. Claire's winning entry titled Sugar Stick s an "etching and chine-collé" which I believe is made using cut out paper and is pictured below:
Claire Willberg and Michelle Avison currently have an exhibition titled Re-Pull at the Stone Space Gallery in Leytonstone.
I would thoroughly recommend a visit to the Bankside Gallery to see this amazingly diverse range of work - many works are also available to purchase at very reasonable prices. The exhibition runs from 9th -20th November 2016.
Posted by Justin Hobson 11.11.2016

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