Pratt Contemporary was founded in 1977 as a fine art printing and publishing studio and has evolved through a multitude of different activities including sculpture, painting and drawing. Since 1994 the studio has been a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association and has been a regular exhibitor at the organisation’s annual Print Fair in New York. The Studio continues to collaborate with artists, presenting exhibitions of their work in the UK and overseas.
Marcus Rees Roberts, Dusk and Discord III (detail) 2021-22
For the 2022 IFPDA Online Print Fair we are focusing on four artists and four techniques: Drypoint, Chiarascuro Woodcut, Monotype, Etching and Aquatint.
Marcus Rees Roberts - The title of Rees Roberts' new series of drypoints, 'Dusk and Discord', comes from a line in Federico Lorca's 'Ode to Salvador Dali'. In 1925 Dali invited Lorca to stay with his family in Cadaques, then a very small fishing village just south of the French border. The first six plates echo Lorca's visit to Cadaquez and the final six on his visit to New York in 1929.
Ana Maria Pacheco - The scenes of Ana Maria Pacheco’s series of chiarascuro woodcuts were inspired by the dances and songs of colonial Peru, such as the Son de los diablos. Performed by black dancers during the Catholic Feast of Quasimodo, the Son featured devils, some in the guise of monsters with horns and claws, others wearing grotesque masks, animal skins and feathers. This series also represents a remarkable combination of contemporary and traditional technology. Where German artists of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries normally employed the services of a specialist craftsman to cut their drawn designs into the woodblock, Pacheco experimented with laser technology to perform the same task.
Alison Lambert - Whilst drawing has been predominant for a number of years, the monotype process has become an essential part of Lambert’s working practice and the prints continue to have a symbiotic relationship with the drawings. The technique she employs in her monotypes allows her to develop an image on the plate in a very similar way to the way her drawings evolve on paper. There is also a close relationship in terms of the various narratives that she develops in her work.
Frederic Morris - The Playground Wall etchings were inspired by deconstructionist ideas. With wear and tear over time, heavily postered and painted walls reveal the underlayers, creating new and bizarre combinations of past and present advertising, graffiti and murals.
Marcus Rees Roberts, The Fountain of Tears, Artist's Book (detail), 2021-22