Second Floor Studios & Arts – [SFSA]

Freedon Of The Press – Opening at no format, Thursday 15th November

Posted in Events, New Works, Open Studios by Second Floor Studios & Arts on October 25, 2012

Celebrating the art of print at it’s very best created by Thames Barrier Print Studio artist members.

Thames Barrier Print Studio, London’s most spacious printmaking studio based on the South bank of the Thames in Woolwich, opened one year ago and has been welcoming artist members from throughout the city and beyond ever since.

Freedom Of The Press, in the outstanding visual arts space no format, represents the diversity in scale, subject and medium our members have used in their printmaking practice – from intimate works mastering traditional techniques to experimental works spanning a range of print processes. Our growing membership is made up of artists with years of experience, recent graduates, newcomers to the processes and people revisiting a past pleasure. They all however share one thing in common: a passion for making original prints.

Like many artforms the art of printmaking has been practiced for centuries. Our members skillfully carry on this tradition but with a contemporary spin. One of the oldest processes, relief printing, offers bold dramatic results by carving an image into a piece of wood or lino, inking up and taking an impression – as seen in the ‘imagined landscape’ woodcuts of Julian Davies inspired by his visits to Tokyo.

With traditional etching Nick Richards captures the ever-changing mood and activity of the River Thames, his style reminiscent of the Old Masters and Angela Brookes uses photo etching to capture the beauty of the natural world including her delicate studies of the honesty plant.

Screenprinting, originally used in industry, was made popular as an artform by Andy Warhol and offers fantastic scope in the use of colour and graphics. In her new work, Chinese-Canadian artist J Yuen Ling Chiu uses a layering process overprinting flat sumptuous colour with texture, pattern and photographic images inspired by her memories of (and relationship with) Hong Kong.

Emerging graduate Daniel Clark has produced an ambitious, quirky piece – a very large drypoint print inspired by domestic folklore to be wall-hung with his animation of hands working on an etching plate projected on to it.

Letterpress (a unique print studio facility) has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity, particularly with graphic designers looking for a hand produced process in contrast to creating type on a computer. This exhibition logo was printed on a small Adana press by young letterpress enthusiast Kim Vousden.

These are examples of but a few. With over 200 prints on show and available for sale, encompassing landscape, portraiture, narrative, figurative and abstract, vibrant colour, subtle line, large and small in scale, Freedom Of The Press literally offers something for everyone.

Original prints are an excellent affordable option for festive gifts or personal acquisitions – suitable for the seasoned collector and first time buyer alike. This fabulous eclectic exhibition provides the visitor with an insight into the freedom Thames Barrier Print Studio members enjoy creatively with the infinite possibilities of the printing press.

Exhibition runs from 15 November – 2 December, Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm.

Carolyn Nicoll on 07815 090648 /


Matthew Wood on 07946 554574 /

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