The Art of Printmaking
"The act of printing has always seemed to me a miracle, just such a miracle as the growing up of a tiny seed of grain to an ear—an everyday miracle, even the greater because it happens every day. One drawing is sown on the stone or the etching plate, and a harvest is reaped from it."
–Vincent van Gogh
Illustrators have used printmaking for many years to create some of their most profound and beautiful works of art, yet basic printmaking techniques still remain a mystery to most people. The Art of Printmaking exhibition explores and demonstrates four main printmaking processes used within classic and contemporary illustration —woodcut, etching, lithography, and screenprinting. Discover the intricate processes and range of effects associated with each technique, with over forty illustrations on display from the gallery's diverse collection by world class illustrators.
Artwork includes hand-printed silkscreen editions designed by Children's Laureate Lauren Child, wood engravings by Chris Wormell and John Lawrence, signed limited edition lithiographs by Maurice Sendak, a Wallace and Gromit silk screen designed by Nick Park (Aardman Animations), intricate etchings by Debra McFarlane, signed lithographs by Ronald Searle, plus giclee editions by Shaun Tan, Janet Ahlberg, Peter Lord and many more. The exhibition highlight is a rare selection of Miffy silk screen editions, signed and numbered by the late Dick Bruna.
Prices start from just £45 for signed editions and range up to £5,000 for rare, highly collectable artwork.