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Original Prints - Online Viewing Room - August/September 2020

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

Earlier this year we wrote ‘What is an Original Print’: This looked, in depth, at the history of printmaking, why artists created prints and presented some examples of contemporary printmaking.

In this Blog post we will present some examples of currently available editions by well established artists as a kind of ‘online view’ or virtual exhibition, if you like.

First, let‘s recap: An ’original print’ is a work of art created in an edition or multiple by hand and printed by hand, either by the artist or by a professional assistant (often called an artisan), from a plate, block, stone, or stencil that has been hand created by the artist for the sole purpose of producing the desired image. 

The main point here being is that it is not a reproduction of another work, for example painting.

Many painter/printmakers produce both prints and paintings in parallel, often as a way to explore and develop the subject matter or to represent the subject in different ways.

See our earlier Blog post for more on what to look out for in an edition, the different types and why collectors like them.

Now onto our online viewing:

[click on any image to view the editions as a gallery,

click on the titles to view the edition in our online shop]

Quinizarin by Damien Hirst - £5,000 (framed)

This woodcut is from '40 Woodcut Spots', a series of prints published in 2011 by Paragon Press. Printed on 410gsm Somerset White paper 20.6 x 50.8 cm, signed in penci on the frontl, numbered 31/55 on the reverse (there were also 15 artist's proofs). British-born and based Damien Hirst is one of the most successful and controversial artists of his generation. Pushing boundaries from the outset, Hirst put together a revolutionary exhibit called “Frieze” while studying art Goldsmith’s College at the University of London. Soon after, he became a guiding figure of the Young British Arts (YBA) movement in the 1980s and 1990s, known for the use of unlikely materials and provocative concepts.

Intervals I by Bridget Riley - £4,200 (framed)

A screenprint in colours by Bridget Riley, on white wove paper Signed, titled, dated and numbered 45 from the edition of 120. Image size 24 x 15 cm; sheetsize 51 × 41 cm  Published in 2019 to coincide with her major retrospective at the South Bank Centre, London (Oct 2019 to Jan 2020). Born in 1931 Riley attended Goldsmiths College (1949-52) and the Royal College of Art (1952-55). In 1960 she developed 'Op Art' and so started an on going series of paintings and prints that continues to this day. Bridget Riley exhibited in 'Young Contempories' in 1955 and followed with exhibtions at Johnn Moores, Whitechapel, Moma, Venice Biennale amongst many others. Her works are in major private, corporate as well as public collections worldwide.

No Time for Love by Tracey Emin - £7,200 (framed), £7,000 (unframed)

Showing an image of a women curled up, the text in red reads:

“You went away and you knew the truth. There is no time left here-no time for love or surrender” Edition of 75, a 3 Colour lithographic print on Somerset Velvet Warm White 400gsm, 86 x 69 cm. Produced by Counter Studios, Margate in 2020 in support of the Oasis Women’s Refuge. Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist.

Olympic Symbol by Peter Blake - £2,700 (framed) £2,500 (unframed).

‘Olympic Symbol' was created to celebrate Team GB's participation in the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan. Abstracting the Olympic Rings, Blake creates a complex geometric grid of vivid colours.  The resulting dynamic shapes evoke images of athletic tracks. The heart symbol appearing in this print is one of many symbols that regularly appear in Blake's oeuvre.  Stars, targets, rainbows and hearts are prevalent in many of his early works, such as 'Love Wall' from 1961.  The symbols are relfective of the artist's signature style in colour, monocrhrome and shape. Edition of 150, 70 x 60 cm, signed and numbered by the artist.

Island in the Moon (2019) is a multiplate edition variable, etching and aquatint  This one is no 25 from the edition of 30, 44 x 54 cm, framed in a stained wood frame.

Canopy 2018 by Tom Hammick - £4,250 (framed)

This is no 11 from the edition of 12, an edition variable woodcut 86 x 100 cm This print is framed in a natural oak frame.

See all the available Tom Hammick prints click here, including the Geocentric Series, Making of Poetry series and the special limited edition book “Wall, Window, World” with a three part etching.

Howard Hodgkin describes his paintings as representational pictures of emotional situations. For his Olympic print Hodgkin has created 'Swimming' - a deep, swirling mass of blue flooding across the page. The fluidity of the brushstrokes perfectly captures the movement of water and the sensation of swimming.

Framed print from the edition of 350, a 12 colour screen print using 'L.Cornelisson' ground light-fast pigments on 300gsm Somerset White Satin paper. Produced by King & McGaw, Newhaven. 76 x 60cm, Signed, numbered and dated by the artist.

Entrada Drive By Jim Dine - £750 (unframed). This special signed limited edition of just 40, consists of a book of photographs by Jim Dine comes with a signed Stone lithograph print of a flower, 30 x 32 cm, in a box case.

“The winter in L.A. that year was kind of a ´grey July´. These photographs are a memoir of what our eyes saw in our garden and when we walked to the Pacific Ocean. We also climbed into the Santa Monica Mountains on our bicycles, crossing Sunset Boulevard.“

There are several other ‘Artist Deluxe Editions‘ with limited edition prints on our website including by Jake Chapman (to accompany his novels); Laura Carlin (to accompany her illustrated edition of The Iron Man by Ted Hughes); Peter Doig (his wonderful reprint of a German book on skiiing); and Paula Rego (to accompany a edition of poems by Joao de Melo).

See also our section on ‘Rare and Signed‘ artist books, including some by Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley, Terry Frost, The Chapman Brothers, Richard Long, Gilbert & George, Tracey Emin and Anish Kapoor.

54 Dogs by Holly Frean - £3,000 (framed).

This is a gouache monoprint potato print on 54 individual sheets of hand made cotton rag paper (81 x 92 cm).

Holly Frean is know for her ‘grid’ paintings or packs, and late in 2019 she collaborated with Paul Smith in a exhibition at his flagship store in Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London.

Laced Sun by Terry Frost - £1,125 (framed)

Framed etching with chin colle from the SS Portfolio published in 2003 in an edition of 30 each sheet 42 x 46 cm

Laced Sun refers to his Laced Up paintings of 1960’s.

See also “Moon Lace I” a large mono print created in 1990 and the full range of available Terry Frost editions from 1989 to 2003.

A framed etching with aquatint 30 x 30 cm from the Madron Suite. Published in 1997 by Flowers Gallery. This is the only BAT (Bon a Tirer), proof. The edition was just 20 with 1 PP and 7 AP's. Kemp no 162. The edition was exhibited at the RA in 1998.

Madron is on a hill above Penzance, and was where Hugh Stoneman of Stoneman Graphics, at Orchard Flower Farm, Madron Hill created many of Frost's prints including this series.

Peter Doig: L'Alpiniste - £3,000 (unframed)

"Alpiniste, 2007" by Peter Doig is a Deluxe limited edition of 40 with a signed drypoint etching plus artist's book "The Wonders of Ski-ing" and signed numbered Ex Libris bookplate designed by the artist, all presented in clamshell box. The print sheet size is 54 x 40 cm

A framed screen print by Patrick Caulfield, 1992, on wove paper, signed and inscribed from the edition of 150. Printed by Advanced Graphics, published by Waddington Graphics for the Serpentine Gallery to coincide with Patrick Caulfield's exhibition there in 1992.

Les Chants de Maldoror, Ducasse print was published in the 1992 Royal College of Art portfolio "Six Artists" in an edition of just 50. It is an edition variable etching with extensive hand colouring, signed, numbered and dated in pencil - 33 x 51 cm, This print is framed in a black wood frame. Les Chants de Maldoror (The Songs of Maldoror) is a poetic novel (or a long prose poem) consisting of six cantos. It was written and published between 1868 and 1869 by the Comte de Lautréamont, the pseudonym of the Uruguayan-born French writer Isidore-Lucien Ducasse. Many of the surrealists (Salvador Dalí, André Breton, Antonin Artaud, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Max Ernst, etc.) during the early 20th century cited the novel as a major inspiration to their own works.

There are of course many other available editions by these artists as well as edition by other artists. Click here to see the full range, or select by artist.

If you are unable to come to the gallery to see these works in person, please contact us and we may be able to organise a viewing at your home or office. Contact us to discuss this or any of the editions further.


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