Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Perter Foucault, Nigel Oxley and Sue Patterson

Peter Foucault

Peter Foucault's print was part of the Print Zero's Fifth International Print Exchange. Print Zero exchange Number 5, (2007) Be prepared for a lot of looking - there are over three hundred odd prints on view !!

In trying to discover more about Foucault as an artist, it felt like he was just all over the place/ difficult to put your finger on and so I felt that a recent solo show, of his (co-incidentally) at Print Zero studio,
provided a welcome focus although I don’t know that I am necessarily further enlightened. However one must make ones own judgements.
When one considers that Print Zero, has had five print exchanges by now, the there is quite a considerable amount of prints to be seen at their current website:
Print Zero Studios

Nigel Oxley

I was prompted to search out his artwork through reading an article in Printmaking today, which discussed printmaking experimentation in etching. I thought I would maybe find work that would be really interesting.
However, the print featured here, was/is the only artwork I could find, i.e., created by Nigel Oxley.

He is a former master printer of the Kelpra Studios, which was
established in the UK, in the 1960’s. Apparently they introduced the practice of using silkscreen printing in fine art printmaking. One imagines that until then it had been used exclusively in the commercial sector.
All of the well known UK based, artists such as Kitaj, Tilson and Blake would have taken direction/collaborated with Oxley and his colleagues. Kelpra also worked with many of the well known American artists such as e.g., Dine, to produce prints and edition. It appears that Kelpra studios is no longer in operation.

As well as working as a senior lecturer at the Metropolitan University, London, Oxley
is also the author of the book “Colour Etching” published in 2007 by A & C Black, London

With regard to more recent activities in printmaking, Oxley has collaborated with artist, Susan Aldworth in the production of experimental etching techniques. Her artwork explores various aspects of the human brain.

Sue Patterson

Another rather elusive persona is that of, Sue Patterson.
She undertook her Masters in Printmaking at the Tyler School of Art, which is part of Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.
She has exhibited at Temple Gallery, Vox Populi, , , Fabric Workshop and Museum, The University of the Arts, Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia; and , DE. She has been awarded Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant in sculpture, and her work is in the collections of Sunoco Corporation among numerous private collections.

1 comment:

  1. Hey there!...thanks for the lovely comments!...i been checking out your work too!....beautiful,very inspiring ,rich and eclectic...lovely!...
    i mainly work with acrylic inks on wet watercolur paper or board...al of my work is scanned in2 photoshop and cleaned up so the whites are up high and the other colours intensified e.t.c...yep photoshop is a little piece of magic!
    I often use oil paints with turps dropped on to it to break it up...i also love to work on wood and will be trying out some new stuff shortly...may even buy a sander!
    I cant emphasise enough though what a major part the computer plays in my work...it lights it in ways which i would fin impossible otherwise.
    The bleeds that you can see in my images have been brought up with the brightness and conrast button until theyr'e visible...and when im creating an image i'll do the same one in 3/4 different media and combine on the computer.

    Thanks for the great feedback again!