Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

New Prints from the Collection

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

New Prints from the Collection

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Since 1996, through an active acquisition policy, the Grafton Regional Gallery has been slowly building a significant collection of prints that represents all elements of printmaking, such as intaglio, screen and relief printing. Prints have been acquired through exhibitions, subscription to the Australian Print Council and direct contact with artists.

New prints from the collection on display in Prentice House West shows a selection of recent acquisitions and showcases notable living Australian artists such as Canberra based artist eX de Medici, Sydney based artists Ken Done and Noel McKenna, Grafton based artist Robert Moore, Melbourne artist Rona Green and Ernabella artist Dickie Minyintiri.

The artist's broad practice incorporates performance and installation art, tattooing, photography, painting and drawing. Her fastidiously executed drawings and watercolours reflect an interest in natural-history watercolour illustration and relate to her practice as a tattooist. Concerned with power and its representation, de Medici brings a contemporary perspective to the vanitas tradition. Recurring motifs in her thought-provoking works include skulls, guns and the historically loaded symbol of the swastika. eX de Medici has exhibited extensively in Australia and her work is represented in major collections.

Vanitas is a genre of still-life painting that flourished in the Netherlands in the early 17th century. A vanitas painting contains collections of objects symbolic of the inevitability of death and the transience and vanity of earthly achievements and pleasures; it exhorts the viewer to consider mortality and to repent.

Ken Done very kindly gifted 143 prints to the gallery in March 2008. The prints came from his personal collection and together make a very comprehensive overview of the printing career of this famous Australian artist. As seen the screen print on display Model 2 Done's figure work is based on fine line drawings and created with speed and fluidity.

Since the 1970s, Noel McKenna has included in nearly every one of his solo exhibitions at least one work based on the theme of horses or horse racing. …

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