I have been interested in the prints just as much as the paintings over the years, but now of course my eye is a little more informed. And in addition to this I have acquired the more focused curiosity of someone trying to make work in the same field. In that spirit I was keen to see if Hughie O'Donoghue's prints were included, specifically because he uses carborundum. The most beautiful of his prints, Night swimming 1 is at eye height, and consists of three landscape pieces of paper abutted vertically. It is a powerful work which provided me with inspiration. I cannot find a reproduction of the print online, but the bather in this link gives a good idea of the style and power of the piece.
Another personally inspirational piece was Mimmo Paladino's Paesaggio.
This is a lithograph with a collaged lithograph, which intrigued me technically
, especially as it slots into my interest in 3D-but-not-quite-3D. I very much liked the ascetic elegance of Ann Christopher's three pieces from her series The Space Between, and the minimal pattern of a piece by Vera Boele-Keimer.
As ever, I found Stephen Chambers' prints intriguing - I'm not sure how much I like them, but there is something very attractive about a lot of them, and they certainly always get me thinking.
But the artist whose work I spent time discussing today with my print teacher is Catherine Yass. I have only recently become aware of her and her work, and am especially drawn to the pieces on display at the exhibition - a set of eight entitled Safety last to which the image below belongs.
Catherine Yass: Safety last 4, etching