Thursday, 23 September 2021

Printmakers’ work is going on show

THE work of renowned 20th century British printmakers including Peter Blake and Terry Frost is the subject of a

THE work of renowned 20th century British printmakers including Peter Blake and Terry Frost is the subject of a new exhibition coming to Henley’s Bohun Gallery next week.

The show — Collector’s Prints — focuses on artists associated with the Pop Art movement of the early Sixties and the subsequent move to abstraction, facilitated by the developments in printing methods.

A spokesman for the gallery in Reading Road said the exhibition aimed to highlight the “quality and diversity among 20th century British printmakers”.

He added: “The boom in British printmaking occurred with new silkscreen techniques developed during the Sixties and Seventies which allowed many of the ‘Founders of British Pop Art’ to manipulate the process to suit their new style of artwork.

“This included iconic names such as Peter Blake, Joe Tilson and Alan Davie — all of whom feature in the exhibition. Sir Peter Blake, now 82, continues to develop his work through limited edition prints and our exhibition will feature one of his most recent suites of work, the ‘USA Series’.

“Creating pop art compositions from his own eclectic collection of Americana, Blake explores a nostalgic world of movie stars, childhood games, sports and everyday objects using collaged elements, embossing, glazes and glitter over the silkscreens prints.”

“Collector’s Prints” also features work by Albert Irvin, John Hoyland and Terry Frost, who like Peter Blake are known for their colourful and vibrant abstract art.

The spokesman added: “They shared a prodigious creative energy and imagination and discovered that printmaking broadened their working practices. Indeed, Sir Terry Frost believed that painting and printmaking were inseparable.

“Work by Terry Frost is becoming harder to find and Bohun Gallery have managed to secure two particularly rare works — Centre Blue and Spanish Dreams — for this exhibition.

“John Hoyland, who died in 2011, was an artist of international standing, a wonderfully inventive colourist with a restless intelligence which translated well in his exuberant prints.

“He hit the headlines recently when Damien Hirst chose to curate a retrospective of Hoyland’s work at the opening of his new London gallery.

“Collector’s Prints 2016 offers the opportunity to view rare images by some of our most enduring artists and to acquire work by some of the leading names in 20th century British art.”

The exhibition runs from Saturday, February 6, to Saturday, April 2. For more information, visit

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