Launch of the print exhibition on 28th January 2017
‘Images from the Stone’
All the prints in this exhibition are lithographs. Lithography is a printing process based on the fact that grease and water don’t mix. Lithography was invented in the late eighteenth century, initially using limestone as the printing surface. The image is applied to a grained surface which was traditionally stone, but is now more usually aluminium. To create the image a greasy medium is utilised, such as a greasy ink called ‘tusche’, but crayons, pencils, lacquer and synthetic materials are also used. The printing surface is kept wet, so that a roller prepared with oil-based ink can be rolled over the surface, and the ink only sticks to the grease-receptive image area. Paper is then placed against the surface and the plate is run through a press.
Gifted and purchased prints from the Redfern Gallery
The lithograph prints have been chosen from a collection of prints obtained from the Redfern Gallery in 1953. The Redfern Gallery was founded in London in 1923 as a small artists' cooperative, and is now one of the longest-established dealers of Modern British and Contemporary art in London. Dr. Robert Absalom, the curator of Newport Museum, purchased the collection from New Zealand-born Sir Rex Nan Kivell who was the Managing Director of the Redfern Gallery. Research shows that Absolom purchased 28 lithographs, with which he aimed to make Newport Art Gallery’s collection more relevant to post-war Britain. The museum’s ‘accession day book’ shows that 13 lithographs, 9 wood engravings and 28 linocuts had been included as a gift. It seems surprising today to find that a print by a highly regarded artist such as Graham Sutherland was gifted with the purchased items. However, by the 1950s many of the artists’ work was not as collectable and as highly regarded as it is today.
The Artists in the Exhibition are:-
Mabel Alleyne (1896-1961): Road menders, gifted
Michael Ayrton (1921–1975): Siesta, purchased
Marc Chagall (1987-1985): Le Coq, purchased
Robert Colquhoun (1914–1962): Sleeping Figure, purchased
Raoul Dufy (1877–1953): La Mer, purchased
Max Ernst (1891–1976): Etoile de Mer, purchased
Kathleen Gardiner: The Sunbather, gifted
William Gear R.A. (1915-1997): Composition Yellow and Green, purchased
P. Jeremy: Thelka Warthog, gifted
Henry Spencer Moore (1898 –1986): Two figures and sculpture, purchased
John Piper (1903–1992): Stone Wall Anglesey, purchased
Pablo Picasso (1881–1973): Design for the Ballet 'Tricorne', purchased
Michael Rothenstein R.A. (1908–1993): Signals, gifted
Alan Munro Reynolds (1926-2014): Moth Barn Sussex, gifted
William Scott CBE RA (1913–1989): Harbour, purchased
Graham Vivian Sutherland (1903–1980): Articulated Forms, gifted
Julian Trevelyan R.A. (1910-1988): Forest, purchased
Maurice de Vlaminck (1876–1958): De La Berge De La Seine, purchased
Zao Wou-ki (1921–2013): Nature Morte, purchased
8 February, 1pm - 1.30pm
Lunchtime talk: Images from the Stone. Join the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery for this informal talk complementing the temporary exhibition of lithograph prints. Organised by the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery.
14 February, 7pm – 8.30pm (access before the talk from 6.30pm to 7.10pm)
The Art of Printmaking. A talk by Peter Williams, Head of Print, Carmarthen College of Art and Chair of the 56 Group Wales. Organised by the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery. To join the Friends visit http://fonmag.org.uk/ . Free for members, £2.00 for non-members.