In the RA Summer show there are many prints, and this year I paid more close attention to them. I have only just started my printmaking classes, and am intrigued by so many aspects of the medium and its techniques. I have long enjoyed Bill Jacklin's work, and I think that he probably had a strong influence on the work I produced for my attempt at monotype printing, as shown in this previous post. So far (and it is not very far at all) I am drawn to this technique in particular because it provides me with a means of creating an image which is different from my methods with the computer.
Paula Rego has a hand coloured version of this etching in the RA exhibition. I love her work, and am always intrigued by the subject matter. I also find interesting the idea of producing a series of multiples which are then further treated individually, as in the hand colouring.
I was surprised to find four of these delightful small prints by Allen Jones in the exhibition. Usually his work is very bold, defined, poster-like, sexual, ... but these are mysterious, intimate, personal, and they appealed to me. This link shows a wider range of his drawings and prints.
These are all figurative - I was looking in particular at work to which my own might vaguely relate. I did also seek out prints by Ian McKeever because I am so moved by his work. They can be seen on the bottom row at the left of the opening in the photo in this link. With a better view on the Alan Cristea Gallery website. As I stated in my previous post, I feel that McKeever's smaller work tends to be lost in the context of such a visual mix. The large paintings can command a stillness around them; but for me the effect of the prints and gouaches wither somewhat in the context.
An artist new to me, however, illustrates a printing technique which I want to explore further: chine colle. Andrzej Jackowski's Woman with trees was like a magnet to me, and unlike the McKeevers somehow created a whole tardis-like world of its own when I stood in front of it.