Opening: Thursday 6th of June, 6pm
James McCreary, Tom Phelan, Robert Russell, Niamh Flanagan, Micheal Farrell, Tony O’Malley, Michael Cullen, Felim Egan, John Noel Smith, Ronnie Hughes, Donald Teskey, Anne Madden, John Kindness, Sean McSweeney, William Crozier, Maser, Hughie O’Donoghue, Cian McLoughlin, Kieran Crowley, Mary Lohan, Gwen O’Dowd
‘Master Print’, is a celebration of our Master Printers and the Visiting Artist Scheme, that has been in place since 1980.
The scheme has invited many of Ireland’s best known visual artists, including the late Tony O’Malley, Sean McSweeney, Micheal Farrell and William Crozier, while more recent participants include Gwen O’Dowd, Mary Lohan and Cian McLoughlin amoung many others. These artists are invited to make original prints at our studio with the assistance of our Master Printers – technical experts in printmaking, and also gifted artists in their own right. In many respects this is a collaborative process, that enables artists that often have little or no knowledge of printmaking to make work in a medium that they are not proficient in.
For the show, Graphic Studio Gallery selects work by four of our current and previous Master Printers, James McCreary, Tom Phelan, Robert Russell and Niamh Flanagan, and asks them to select some of their favourite prints that they helped to create with visiting artists. Other Master Printers that worked on the scheme include Mary Farl Powers, James O’Nolan and Sharon Lee.
The exhibition illustrates how the Visiting Artist Scheme has enabled some of Ireland’s most renowned artists to make original prints, playing a pivotal role in the development of their practice, and the development of printmaking in Ireland, and demonstrates the remarkable talent of the selected Master Printers.