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Postcards from the UK: Paul Winstanley

The following is from Martha Oatway, WPG artist and President currently splitting her time between the States and the UK.  Read on about her experiences with the British print scene!

Landscape by Paul Winstanley, image courtesy of the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery

While in London during September 2010 I visited the Alan Cristea Gallery in Cork Street and fell in love with Paul Winstanley’s prints.  The show, “Everybody Thinks This Is Nowhere”  was comprised of new monoprints, watercolors, paintings and a series of etchings he published with the gallery in 2008.

The gallery’s press release describes the show, ” The centrepiece of the show will be a monumental series of 50 hand-painted etched monoprints made at Thumbprint Studio in London. In this series Winstanley took the idea of the landscape image and developed it, making four new plates in sugar-lift aquatint and hand painting each image in different colours. The group will be installed on one wall of the gallery, creating a multi-hued forested panorama.”

Landscape by Paul Winstanley, image courtesy of the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery.

The effect of 36 prints hanging three deep and 9 across the rear wall of the gallery was just breathtaking.   Winstanley used only four sugar lift etching plates but by working both with background color and mixing color on the etching plate he created a series of very different feelings, moods and seasons.  He arrived at the printers with four etching plates and a set of pre-mixed acrylic colors for the backgrounds.  There are two background colors per image, one for the top and one for the bottom.  He then mixed another two colors of ink on the etching plate.

The resulting images create vastly different moods within the prints.  So much so that at times I had to remind myself that there are actually only four etching plates used within the body of work.  The effect of the background color with the ink on the plates can change the time of day or even the time of year.  The quality of the progressive sugar lift etching with its light and dark areas creates great depth.

The Alan Cristea Gallery at 31 & 34 Cork Street in London is a must-visit for any printmaker going to the city.  I’ve been twice now and am a fan, there are always wonderful prints to view.

For more information:  Alan Cristea Gallery Home Page, Paul Winstanley Gallery press release, and the wall of landscapes at the Alan Cristea Gallery, London.

Artist Q&A: Tony Lazorko


"Going Home" Woodcut by Tony Lazorko

Another Q&A with one of our featured members in New Faces, New Prints.  Read more about New Mexico woodcut artist Tony Lazorko, then stop by the gallery to see more of his prints!

WPG: You manage to elevate much of your every-day and some would say even droll subject matter, such as parking lots or roadside signs.  What initially drew you to this sort of imagery?

LAZORKO: I think one ought to consider what one knows well, I also want to be part of the visual community that defines America today. I enjoy the challenge of “seeing” it with wood prints for the moment.

WPG: In your artist statement you say that as a culture and nation, America is still very new compared to many in the world, and that we as a nation are still defining our visual language.  If you had to pin it down in a sentence or two, what do you think that language is?  Where do you see it going?

LAZORKO:  I think we’re still in the process of defining just what is the American ethos. It’s dynamic and full of surprises.

WPG: Every time we check in with you, you seem to have another show or project happening!  To be successful, all artists, especially ones as busy as you, need to dedicate time to be in their studio.  How do you manage to make this time happen?  Are there any shows or projects that you are working on specifically right now?

LAZORKO:  I keep busy and productive because I’m retired and longer have to manage a 12 person staff in a newsroom. I also have a dedicated studio space where I can come and go as I please. I’m showing at the El Paso airport and I’m reading some work for the Binational Biennial at the El Paso Art museum. Have some print ideas in mind and waiting for the visual and technical to gel.