My goal is to celebrate and showcase the exciting and constantly evolving world of contemporary print media through artist interviews exhibition reviews, studio visits and events.
The Wellington Centre for Book Arts
Recently established print studio to teach and pass on the skills of letterpress and all associated book arts.
Tim Li is an artist, printmaker and educator whose work pays homage to our fascinating and diverse marine life. https://inaarraoui.com/tim-li/
Artisan Screen Prints + Thomas Lynch
Located in Wellington’s Shelly Bay, Artisan Screen Prints is an environmentally and socially conscious print studio run by founder Thomas Lynch whose print journey started with screen-printing shirts for the music industry.
Marci Tackett is an artist whose practice combines new technology and traditional aspects of printmaking to play with visual perception through multiple layers of abstract shapes and colour fields.
Employing the digital hand-made to engage diverse communities in the art of letterpress, the team at Wai-te-ata Press are bringing the stories of these communities alive through multilingual projects and publications.
Wellington based artist Denise Durkin creates expressive, abstract monoprints, brimming with life as she continues to explore the boundaries of mark-making in her arts practice.
Cultural icon John Perry has been active in the arts scene since he graduated from Elam in the 1960s, working as an artist, curator, educator, art dealer, consultant and valuer. A lifetime of collecting can be viewed at his shop Global Village Antiques & Collectables in Helensville, Auckland.
Wellington based artist Kyla Cresswell utilizes intaglio and wood-based printmaking techniques to explore the sense of quiet and stillness embedded in the landscape.
Recently completing a Master of Visual Arts at AUT, Luca Nicholas received the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award for his delicately layered etching Hyper-ballad (2020), which can be seen at his first solo show, Triple Axel, comprised of an impressive range of work from his undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
GTO Printers + Graham Judd
Graham Judd runs an award-winning letterpress printing company, teaches and mentors young letterpress enthusiasts and has recently established a mobile print shop with the aim of sharing his love of letterpress across the country.
Inspired by urban ecologies and walked landscapes, Celia Walker’s art practice embodies her commitment to engaging with her immediate environment to tackle global environmental issues. Her work includes curating collaborative print exchanges, installations and exhibitions.
Exhibition: Thinking of Place II
For this ambitious cultural exchange, exhibition, each artist has responded to multiple aspects of place, providing visual and conceptual representations of personal experiences or shared narratives of a specific physical environment. Covering many approaches in ideas and printmaking techniques, Thinking of Place II provides a snapshot of contemporary printmaking from several locations around the globe.
Exhibition: Out of the Cupboard
Although often referred to as ‘books’ artist’s books share little resemblance to the books on our bookshelves at home, instead opening up new worlds for the imagination to explore by incorporating different forms, folds, materials and imagery to challenge perceptions of what a book can be.
TKPT Studio +
The Te Kowhai Print Trust Studio is a flourishing centre for novice and professional printmakers alike to immerse themselves in the world of print, thanks to the management and vision of printmaker extraordinaire Hamish Oakley-Browne.
Having recently graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts, Aiko Robinson continues to celebrate sexuality with humour and playfulness in the tradition of Shunga – Japanese erotic art.