Print Community

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.

Marci Tackett

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. 

https://inaarraoui.com/marci-tackett/

Wai-te-ata Press

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.

https://inaarraoui.com/wai-te-ata-press/

Denise Durkin

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.

https://inaarraoui.com/denise-durkin/

John Perry

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. 

https://inaarraoui.com/john-perry/

Kyla Cresswell

Wellington based artist Kyla Cresswell utilizes intaglio and wood-based printmaking techniques to explore the sense of quiet and stillness embedded in the landscape. 

https://inaarraoui.com/kyla-cresswell/

Luca Nicholas

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.

https://inaarraoui.com/luca-nicholas-triple-axel/

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.

https://inaarraoui.com/gto-printers-graham-judd/

Celia Walker

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.  

https://inaarraoui.com/celia-walker/

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.  

https://inaarraoui.com/exhibition-thinking-of-place-ii/

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.

https://inaarraoui.com/exhibition-out-of-the-cupboard/

TKPT Studio +

Hamish Oakley-Browne

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.

https://inaarraoui.com/te-kowhai-print-trust-hamish-oakley-browne/

Aiko Robinson

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.

inaarraoui.com/aiko-robinson/