Collector's Prints 2015 celebrates the work of the influential master printmaker Kip Gresham. Kip has been making original prints and collaborating with artists since 1975. His working relationship with Stanley Jones of Curwen Studios in the late 1980s led to an interest in fluid marks and the development of new drawing surfaces for the artists. This found its best expression in the work of Elisabeth Frink and Michael Rothenstein whose work features in the show with both rare and previously unseen unique images. In Frink's case it was the combination of scale, toughness and urgent expression that was such a significant departure and this is illustrated in 'Dog' of 1988. The exhibition includes a unique red colour-way created by Frink and Gresham at the Studio, a departure from the published edition of 70 in terracotta.
Continuing to fuse traditional printing practises with modern techniques, Kip's processes continued to evolve through collaboration with, amongst others, Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi, Terry Frost and John Hoyland. The threads which united the wide variety of projects were a constant programme of publishing small editions of prints and 'folios, a passion for beautiful printing and a love of fine materials. Recent work with Royal Academcian Stephen Chambers shows the culmination of 30 years of experimentation where layering of pigment, pattern, drawings and ideas collide seamlessly.
In his working life Kip Gresham has made well over 2,000 editions and this exhibition offers a tiny glimpse into the work of his studios. The choice of pieces has been made to highlight some of the landmarks on the journey to date and will also include the work of emerging artists selected by Kip for Bohun Gallery's show.
Exciting examples from Gresham's archive provide a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to acquire unusual and highly collectible images which have never been previously seen.
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