45 Years of Printmaking Exhibition at the Tairawhiti Museum – The Gisborne Herald


Posted on October 07, 2021 at 11:31 am

The Gisborne Printmakers Group is celebrating 45 years of making handmade prints this month with an exhibition at the Tairāwhiti Museum.

We Can’t Stop Now features artwork from 31 engravers past and present over the decades of the Engravers group’s activity.

Works from the 1970s and 1980s have been donated by friends, family and art collectors for the exhibit and include prints by the late Graeme Mudge, Norman Maclean and the late Juliet Bowen.

“Printmaking is one of those mediums where you can explore your approach to art in a number of ways. There are several evolutions and paths to follow until the final impression emerges, ”explains Jean Johnston, one of the founding members of the Gisborne Printmakers Group.

The prints on display were made by zinc etching, drypoint, collagraph, solar plates, linocuts and lithography.

The name of the exhibit and the accompanying extended catalog book appeared after Penny Ormerod gave the first printmaking class inside the newly renovated Lysnar House Studios in October 1976.

At the end of the two days of class, she took out a flask of dry sherry and said, “we can’t stop now”.

The catalog details the history of the group using the Lysnar House print studio and pays tribute to the efforts of Doreen Costello, Ormerod and Phyllis Underdown, who helped establish the group in 1976 and ensured its continuity.

The Gisborne Printmakers Group’s We Can’t Stop Now exhibit opens to the public at the Tairāwhiti Museum on Saturday and runs through December 5. Jean Johnston’s extended catalog book “We Can’t Stop Now” is available for purchase.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Friday opening night is now by invitation only, with a limit on how many people can be in the gallery space at any given time. The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday.

THROUGH THE DECADES: The Gisborne Printmakers Group exhibition will feature works from all the decades the group has been together, such as these works, Untitled 1990 by Gary Underdown, above, and Aku Ika by Clayton Gibson (1998 ), to the left. Photos provided

HERE TO STAY: Aku Ika by Clayton Gibson (1998) is on display at the gallery starting Saturday, along with works by 31 other artists past and present. Photo provided


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