The following essays are thinking through the history of printmaking from its traditional origins to its current contemporary expression.

Beyond paper

This essay looks at the work of artists who explore the use of alternative printmaking supports to create work that challenges grand narratives of high art, engages with environmental and social issues and pushes the definition and possibilities of what contemporary printmaking can and could be. Read more

Intaglio printmaking: An evolution of tone and texture

Early engravings and etchings were essentially flat and two-dimensional in character. Over the centuries the exploration of creating tonal depth and surface texture through different intaglio techniques and mark making has resulted in contemporary etchings having a curiously sculptural aesthetic. This essay looks at the various innovations and innovators that gave shape to one of the most intriguing and varied branches of printmaking: the intaglio print. Read more….