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Spring Online Edition, May 14 - 28, 2021

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PRATT CONTEMPORARY was founded in 1977 as a fine art printing and publishing studio, evolving through a multitude of different activities including sculpture, painting and drawing. In1987 PRATT CONTEMPORARY was the first contemporary print studio to be invited to exhibit at the London Original Print Fair and since 1994 has been a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association. The studio continues to collaborate with artists, presenting exhibitions of their work in the UK and overseas.

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Ana Maria Pacheco, Dark Event III (detail), 2007. Drypoint.

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For this Spring Online Edition of the IFPDA Fair we are highlighting two portfolios: Ana Maria Pacheco’s ‘Dark Event’ of 2007 and a new and ongoing series of drypoints by Marcus Rees Roberts: ‘The Poets’.

Ana Maria Pacheco is renowned for her multi-figure polychrome wood sculptures but behind each one of these is a substantial body of graphic work that represents, to use Pacheco’s word, her ‘circumnavigations’. In these she explores situations, relationships, images and themes of which the final sculpture is the distillation.

The drypoint series ‘Dark Event’ demonstrates her process clearly. Scenes of aggression and compassion and the suggestion of different states of being through pictorial motifs, such as the ladder (‘Dark Event III’) and the veil (‘Dark Event VII’), pervade Pacheco’s new multi-figure sculptural group, ‘Remember’, that is currently in progress. Initially scheduled to be exhibited at the Galway International Arts Festival in July 2020, this new sculpture will now be shown at a later date. (The making of this new work is supported by The Williams Charitable Trust.)

For all that Pacheco insists her graphic work is undertaken in the visual world of a sculpture that is forming in her mind, nevertheless it is worked on in its own right with enormous commitment and skill and has established Pacheco’s reputation as a major contemporary printmaker.

Marcus Rees Roberts' ‘The Poets’ is an ongoing series of drypoints inspired by European poets of the early twentieth century: two German Expressionist poets (Anton Schnack and Georg Trakl), two Italian hermetic poets (Giuseppe Ungaretti and Salvatore Quasimodo) and their contemporary, Umberto Saba. Though each poet is different, they all share immediacy, simplicity, and compression of language. They also share a sense of dislocation, of never quite belonging, of finding themselves in a world which is somewhat godforsaken.

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Bernard and Susan Pratt - Directors

Ana Maria Pacheco

Dark Event I

2007

77x68.2cm

Drypoint

Edition of 15

$2,500

Ana Maria Pacheco

Dark Event III

2007

77x68.2cm

Drypoint

Edition of 15

$2,500

Ana Maria Pacheco

Dark Event V

2007

77x68.2cm

Drypoint

Edition of 15

$2,500

Ana Maria Pacheco

Dark Event VI

2007

77x68.2cm

Drypoint

Edition of 15

$2,500

Ana Maria Pacheco - sculpture in progress

Ana Maria Pacheco

Dark Event VII

2007

77x68.2cm

Drypoint

Edition of 15

$2,500

Marcus Rees Roberts - work in progress

Ana Maria Pacheco

Dark Event I

77x68.2cm

Drypoint

Edition of 15

$2,500

Ana Maria Pacheco

Dark Event III

77x68.2cm

Drypoint

Edition of 15

$2,500

Ana Maria Pacheco

Dark Event V

77x68.2cm

Drypoint

Edition of 15

$2,500

Ana Maria Pacheco

Dark Event VI

77x68.2cm

Drypoint

Edition of 15

$2,500

Ana Maria Pacheco

Dark Event VII

77x68.2cm

Drypoint

Edition of 15

$2,500