Extricate Print Show - 8th March
THE FIRST EXTRICATE PRINT FAIR is now on, and runs until the 30th March.
The show is curated by Harry Pye with prints of works being available from the following list of contributors:
Peter Harris & Lee 'Scratch' Perry
Team Beswick & Pye
and some others TBC later.
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Here are the James Johnston prints available through this website:
They are giclee prints on high quality A3 sized paper, and will all be signed and numbered by the artist, in a limited edition of 10 each.
The cost of each print is £185.00
Shipping will be via the signed Royal mail service, in sturdy tube - at cost only. i.e For UK addresses £4.40
Overseas will be dependent on country, but only at cost again.
If you'd like to place an order then contact the gallery through the contact form and payment details will be forwarded.
These four woodcut prints represent the last available works from his Paris exhibitions of 2013/14 in the Grey Area Gallery. Titled ‘Robots’ and ‘Aliens’
The cost of each print is £800.00 framed or £700.00 unframed
Here are some words from the Paris show:
Allott brings his extraordinary creative energy to his love of robots. The images in the show have a charm and warmth about them, they are robots with a personality. In some we see a sense of loneliness, others just seem ‘happy to help’, another is perhaps a little forlorn and in others we see pride or even heroism.
Each work is made with a subtle blend of techniques with woodblock printing forming the core process. This traditional technique most famously used by Japanese printmakers such as Utamaro, Hiroshige and Hokusai brings an ancient technique to a futuristic theme undercut with a retro quality, as these robots come from a vision of the future which has either already passed of never really arrived.
Most works start with a printed base layer of a single colour. The image is then built up by cutting areas away from the wooden block by hand and using this to print on top of the background colour. This enables Allott to highlight areas of particular interest and as he varies the line quality with it the charm and warmth of the characters comes out.
Although printed from the same block, Allott makes each work completely unique by both changing the colours he uses on each impression and by adding painted areas by hand. Highlighting rocks falling in the background or changing the tone of the work entirely to significantly alter the mood of the image and the personality within it.
In all Allott encourages enormous empathy with these robots that ooze charisma, individuality and emotion.
On the surface, these portraits seem like curious representations of imagined creatures that have arrived on earth, lost and confused by their surroundings. They rely on breathing apparatus and space helmets which take the form of bell-jars or presentation cases, that make them not only safe from our atmosphere but also invite us to look in on them as specimens, sculptures or curios to be peered at and examined.
Each figure is seen in a dramatic landscape which seems both earthly and extra-planetary. The environments echo the hills and mountains and seascapes so commonly seen in romanticist paintings, which provide the figures and the viewer, room for thought and a connection with nature.
The entire series is created using Allott’s complicated woodblock printing technique where he takes a wooden block and cuts into it and then prints again and again, each time returning to the same block, cutting increasingly detailed elements building up layers of ink, refining the image with greater and greater precision. Eventually as each facet of the figure and its surroundings starts to take shape, the artist adds some of the finer details by hand, picking out areas that deserve particular focus.
Although in theory, these works are editioned prints produced in a very small quantity, every work is actually completely unique. The variation of colour, tone and mood shifts dramatically from image to image, every version of these prints gives us something of the distinct personality of these characters. With this variation Allott explores the characters thoughts and feelings which serve as a beautiful metaphor for humanity. Lost, confused, optimistic and reflective, the aliens portrayed here could be seen as our undiscovered evolutionary rivals, possibly part nemesis, part companion or perhaps they are, in fact, portraits of us.
Framed Linocuts £168.00 each
Full Moon In Bala - "Lleuad Llawn Yn Y Bala"
Set in near Y Bala in North Wales, this tells the story of how, in the past, before electric light, people would arrange to meet up by the light of a full moon. In order not to waste any precious spare time they would knit woollen socks, to sell, as they walked.
I met a pretty Girl, down by the sea. - 'Mi gwrddais i a ferch fach ddel, lawr a lan y mor'
This print is about a Welsh folk song called 'Law a Lan y Mor', about a romp down on the sea shore, but it is set in Folkestone, inspired by the tall black smoke houses.
Going on the White Mare - 'Mynd ar Y Mynydd'
Soar Y Mynydd is the most remote chapel in Wales. It perches in the high hills of Ceredigion. The people would travel for miles from all directions to be able to worship in their own language, and their horses would graze in the paddock listening to the people sing.
Cedar Lewisohn – curator, writer and artist. He has curated the exhibition 'Street Art' (2008) at Tate Modern and 'Rude Britannia' (2010) at Tate Britain. He is an author of publications Street Art: The Graffiti Revolution (Tate 2010) and Abstract Graffiti (Merrell, 2011). One of his most recent projects include "The Canals Project. Street Art on the Waterways” in east London.
Cedar Lewisohn - Framed Print 'Sebek' £350