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'A Printmaker's London'

  • For Art Sake 45 Bond Street London, England, W5 5AS United Kingdom (map)

For Arts Sake gallery is thrilled to announce one of the biggest ever group shows of original prints devoted to the capital.

‘A Printmaker’s London’ features never-before-seen new works from 60 of the leading contemporary British printmakers, covering the full breadth of techniques from linocut to screenprint, woodcut, etching and lithograph.

Each printmaker has chosen his or her own twist on the city, and the finished works capture London in all its depth and variety – from its architectural landmarks to icons such as the Routemaster and idyllic visions of its green spaces and waterways.

There are more esoteric glimpses of its history and character, too, from Sonia Rollo’s canine ‘East End Boy and West End Girl’ to Anna Marrow’s celebration of an Ealing Studios legend.

Exhibiting artists include Gail Brodholt, Gerry Baptist, Paul Catherall, John Duffin, Bonnie and Clyde, Mychael Barratt, Anna Marrow, Sophie Layton, Trevor Price, Irene Scheinmann, Martin Grover and many more.

All of the prints are being created exclusively for the exhibition and, for the duration of the show, will only be available from For Arts Sake.

Gallery director Brian Davis says: “We are very excited to present this unique show. It’s possible that there has never been an occasion when so many artists have come together to present their interpretation of London, and we have been blown away by the sheer breadth and beauty of the prints.”

Highlights include a new linocut of Berthold Lubetkin’s modernist Penguin Pool at London Zoo by celebrated printmaker Paul Catherall. Paul is renowned for his clean, bold renditions of the capital’s Brutalist and modernist landmarks.

Painter and printmaker Tim Southall’s ‘A Tale of London’ is an epic rendition of the High Middle Ages via copper plate etching. It takes in characters from Dick Whittington to King Harold, leading to the emerging city dominated by the Tower of London.

Paul Cleden captures the magic of London’s theatreland with his linocut ‘A Gleaming Performance’. Screenprint artist Emma Reynolds summons Richmond Park and its deer on a hot and hazy summer day, while Clare Halifax’s silkscreen print depicts Kew’s iconic glasshouse, in ‘From Me to Kew’.

The Bond Street gallery will also be hosting a series of ‘Meet the Artist’ weekends, where many of the exhibiting artists will be talking through their methods and inspirations over a glass of wine and a guided preview of ‘A Printmaker’s London’.

You can see the progress of the prints as they unfold by following the hashtag #APrintmakersLondon on Instagram and Twitter. The exhibition is free, with all pieces available to buy.

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