True Grit

Saturday 17 February – Saturday 10 March 2018

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Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of TRUE GRIT - an exhibition of carborundum prints.

Opening Saturday 17th February 2018, 2.30pm

Featuring work Louis le Brocquy, Elizabeth Blackadder, Tony O'Malley, William Crozier, Felim Egan, Nick Miller, Michael Canning, Michael Cullen, Stephen Vaughan, Gwen O'Dowd, Sean McSweeney, Ruth O'Donnell, Elke Thonnes, Maria Simonds-Gooding, Hughie O'Donoghue, Barbara Rae and Pat Harris.

Carborundum printmaking developed in the late 1930s and it is considered to be one of the most significant advances in print from Alois Senefelder’s invention of lithography in the eighteenth century.  Carborundum grit, made up of finely ground silicon carbide particles, is mixed with glue to create a paste. The artist paints this medium onto a plate and it is allowed to dry until it is hard. Ink is applied to the plate, adhering to the gritty texture of the artist’s mark. This is then printed in an intaglio press.

The 1980s saw a new interest in the process, often attracting artists that had not worked in print before. Carborundum is seen as painterly medium, the artist’s mark or gesture is preserved, allowing for tonal variation through its textured surface.  Variations of rich colour, with distinctive texturing and shaded, harmonic passages create beautifully nuanced art objects.

For this exhibition Graphic Studio Gallery is showcasing some of the most visually striking works produced over our studio’s history. It particularly highlights the work of renowned painters, that have worked collaboratively with Graphic Studio to create original fine art prints. 

 

A small selection of images from the show, more work will be added soon.

 

Elizabeth Blackadder, Orchidacea Coelogyne 

Elizsabeth Blackadder, interior Kyoto with red laquer table

Sean McSweeney, Bog-pool

Hughie O'Donoghue, The Green Man, Carborundum, Image and Paper size: 38.5h x 45w cm

Hughie O'Donoghue, Island King, Carborundum, Image and Paper size: 38.5h x 45w cm

Hughie O'Donoghue, Admiral, Carborundum, Image and Paper size: 38.5h x 45w cm  

Nick Miller, Untitled

Nick Miller, Untitled

Nick Miller, Untitled

Louis le Brocquy, Human Image

Patrick Harris, Poppy  

Tony O'Malley, Aeolus

Tony O'Malley, Aeolus

Tony O'Malley, Spanish Place

Tony O'Malley, Spanish Place

Tony O'Malley, Lights from Mala

Tony O'Malley, Orzola Purple

Tony O'Malley, Isla da Graciosa II

Stephen Vaughan, Elevation

Stephen Vaughan, Elevation

Robert Russell, Green Hills

Robert Russell, Green Hills

Felim Egan, Blue Marsh

Felim Egan, Coloured signs b

Felim Egan, Coloured signs d

Gwen O'Dowd, Tonn Study - a brand new small scale retrospective study of a larger work we launched in November 2017

Gwen O'Dowd, Tonn Study - a brand new small scale retrospective study of a larger work we launched in November 2017

Gwen O'Dowd Tonn Study II, a brand new small scale retrospective study of a larger work we launched in November 2017

Gwen O'Dowd Tonn Study II, a brand new small scale retrospective study of a larger work we launched in November 2017

Tonn ii, stage proof for Behaviour & Attitudes commission, carborundum, paper 37.5 x 39cm, image 20 x 25cm

Tonn ii, stage proof for Behaviour & Attitudes commission, carborundum, paper 37.5 x 39cm, image 20 x 25cm

Gwen O'Dowd, Spaces 1

Michael Cullen, Las Vegas Nocturne, sheet and image, aprox 85 x 105cm

Michael Cullen, Las Vegas Nocturne, sheet and image, aprox 85 x 105cm

Michael Cullen, Bathers

Barbara Rae, Provence Yellow

Barbara Rae, Provence Yellow

William Crozier, Ester, carborundum

William Crozier - Poppies III,  Carborundum  Image: 12h x 15w cm  Paper: 36.5h x 34.5w cm

William Crozier - Poppies III,  Carborundum  Image: 12h x 15w cm  Paper: 36.5h x 34.5w cm

William Crozier - Poppies III,  Carborundum  Image: 12h x 15w cm  Paper: 36.5h x 34.5w cm

William Crozier, The Green

Michael Canning, CuspEtching and Carborundum, Image size: 41h X 29.5w cm, Paper size: 63h X 49.5w cm

Ruth O'Donnell

Ruth O'Donnell

Ruth O'Donnell

Ruth O'Donnell

Elke Thonnes, The RemedyI 

Elke Thonnes, The RemedyI 

Elke Thönnes, The Remedy II, 

Elke Thönnes, The Remedy II,