Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Perter Foucault, Nigel Oxley and Sue Patterson
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
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.
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.