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Spring Online Edition, May 14 - 28, 2021

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Paupers Press

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The Paupers Press is a fine art print and publishing studio that works with many leading and emerging contemporary artists. The studio, based in Hoxton, London, was opened in 1986 and works both by commission directly from artists and galleries, as well as publishing under our own name.

Our publication program aims to bring artists into contact with all the traditional printmaking processes of etching, lithography and relief printing, through hand drawn, photographic and digital image making, as a way of extending their practice and adding to their range of visual languages. We are interested in providing each artist with a platform upon which to develop a project which is both new and challenging whilst being clearly a part of their overall practice.

 

"To create is divine, to reproduce is human." - Man Ray

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Our booth aims to reflect the range of artists involvement within contemporary printmaking practice, focusing on the work of James Turrell, Sarah Ball and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

James Turrell's lifelong interest in light and space to saturate highly modified spaces is seemingly reversed in our set of polymer gravure etchings 'Aqua Oscura'. Based on images made deep under the Cornish landscape, the sculpture is housed in a Victorian water tank buried beneath a canopy of trees. Using a pinhole aperture and angled mirrors, the image of what sits above is projected slowly onto the walls of the tank.
‘What is important to me is to create an experience of wordless thought.’

Sarah Ball’s practice relies on the gathering of found source material, from newspaper cuttings, archival photographs and historical documentation, including criminal ‘mug shot’ archives. She selects subjects with, and without, known narratives. From these images, Ball paints intricate portraits that re-establish the imagined life of the often anonymous, unknowing sitter.
Meticulously rendered, Sarah’s portraits explore themes of gender and identity. Demonstrating an acute sensitivity to the psyche of her subjects, she emphasises physical characteristics that define how we outwardly portray ourselves to the world.

Jake & Dinos Chapman's use of traditional techniques especially etching, allows them to articulate the difference between 'then and now'. Print becomes the perfect vehicle for their critique of the present through the re-imagining of the past. Asked if beauty is important to their prints, both agree it is fundamental. The fineness and rich variety of marks available operate as a counterweight to the grotesque populating much of their work.

For these artists, the challenge is always to find a way of making the techniques and languages of print become a personal means of visual expression.

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Paupers Press

James Turrell

Aqua Oscura

2019

85cm x 120cm each

Polymer Gravure Etching

Price on Request

Sarah Ball

Untitled Portraits

2018-19

30cm x 23cm each

Polymer Gravure etching

Price on Request

Jake & Dinos Chapman

Am Anfang Kommen

2016

114cm x 98cm each

Etching

Price on Request

James Turrell

Aqua Oscura - Summer

2019

85cm x 120cm

Polymer Gravure Etching

Price on Request

Printing Sarah Ball

Sarah Ball

Untitled Portraits

2018-19

30cm x 23cm

Etching

Price on Request

Print James Turrell

James Turrell

Aqua Oscura

85cm x 120cm each

Polymer Gravure Etching

Price on Request

Sarah Ball

Untitled Portraits

30cm x 23cm each

Polymer Gravure etching

Price on Request

Jake & Dinos Chapman

Am Anfang Kommen

114cm x 98cm each

Etching

Price on Request

James Turrell

Aqua Oscura - Summer

85cm x 120cm

Polymer Gravure Etching

Price on Request

Sarah Ball

Untitled Portraits

30cm x 23cm

Etching

Price on Request