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Spring Online Edition, May 14 - 28, 2021

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Flowers Gallery

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Flowers Gallery represents more than 50 international artists and artist’s estates, working with a wide range of media. Over the past five decades the gallery has presented over 900 exhibitions across its global locations, also supporting the production of artist’s publications and the presentation of works by gallery artists in art fairs, public galleries, museums and institutions around the world.


The gallery programme includes major annual summer survey shows and renowned recurring exhibitions such as Artist of the Day and Small is Beautiful, which have formed an important high-profile platform for many emerging and under-recognised contemporary artists.

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Place Games I, 2011 lithograph by Bernard Cohen

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This print selection showcases key works from the gallery's publishing program and archive, built over the last 50 years, celebrating abstraction and diverse methods of printmaking. Matthew Flowers, who has been the Gallery’s Managing Director since 1989, reflects on the Gallery's history with prints and editions:

“Alongside exhibiting original works - unique paintings, drawings, sculptures - I was drawn to prints as an accessible way to begin collecting art myself. Over the last 50 years the gallery has collaborated with master publishers worldwide, and exhibited at print fairs and biennials, including the Bradford Print Biennale for which I joined the steering committee.

Among memorable projects in the 1990s were editions with Hugh Stoneman, based in Cornwall, for Terry Frost, Maurice Payne in New York for Richard Smith and Hope Sufferance in London for Prunella Clough.

Although technology in printmaking has stretched possibilities over the last 50 years, lithography and silkscreen have perhaps struggled in the wake of the high-quality digital printing, which is where a master printmaker is necessary to guide an artist through production. Bernard Cohen, who is based in London, visited Colorado on and off for two decades from the mid-1990s to work with Bud Shark at Shark's Ink, producing layered, dazzling lithography through a subtle and complex collaboration.

The process of printmaking and the production method beneath the content is never simple. There is not always a guaranteed predictable result, and many happy accidents. Whether made by hand and press or by a digital printer, what I love about printmaking is that it allows for so much insight into the artist's working practice.

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Flowers Gallery

Prunella Clough

Shadow Play 7

1992

15 1/2 x 13 3/4 in

Etching

Edition of 8

$4,600

John McLean

Dawn

2001

17 1/4 x 14 in

Aquatint with chine collé

Edition of 27

$1,200

Terry Frost RA

Colour Rhythm Newlyn

1997

21 3/4 x 21 3/4 in

Lithograph

Edition of 40

$2,800

Richard Smith

Evidence I

2007

20 x 20 in

Aquatint

Edition of 25

$1,200

Place Games series of lithographs by Bernard Cohen, installation detail from his exhibition About Now: Paintings and Prints 2000-2015, Flowers Gallery London 2015

Richard Smith

Evidence III

2007

20 x 20 in

Aquatint

Edition of 25

$1,200

Installation of prints from the exhibition 50 x 50 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Flowers Gallery, 2020.

Prunella Clough

Shadow Play 7

15 1/2 x 13 3/4 in

Etching

Edition of 8

$4,600

John McLean

Dawn

17 1/4 x 14 in

Aquatint with chine collé

Edition of 27

$1,200

Terry Frost RA

Colour Rhythm Newlyn

21 3/4 x 21 3/4 in

Lithograph

Edition of 40

$2,800

Richard Smith

Evidence I

20 x 20 in

Aquatint

Edition of 25

$1,200

Richard Smith

Evidence III

20 x 20 in

Aquatint

Edition of 25

$1,200