It is wonderful how many generous people enrich us all with their art gifts to public institutions. The exhibition at the National Library is the result of a collector’s generosity.
100 gorgeous woodblock prints recording the introduction of melodrama into pictorial story telling traditions 100 years ago in Meiji Japan. The elegance of Japanese illustration is there in every print. The emotion and restrained dignity of the images is engaging. The textual explanation is rich and demanding and the experience of the exhibition gives a great historical insight to a period of change in the society of Japan as it absorbs some influences of the west. It also marks a flowering in woodblock printing before more technological techniques took over.
There was a no photographs policy in an exhibition of prints that are all around a hundred years old in public ownership so to look at some samples I have included the web page below.
22 June – 2 July 2017
Frontman is Campbell Chalmers first solo exhibition. It is a small set of works but includes a range of processes to produce the art. Campbell said at the gallery that his main love is drawing. In this exhibition he uses that skill to create prints using various materials including plastic. Within the exhibition there are multiple types of approaches to producing images on the artwork.
Pics and gallery sheet below.
19 November 2016 – July 2017
Stella is a print maker extraordinaire. The NGA has mounted a gallery space full of his big richly coloured spectacles on its walls. The space is alive with fabulous swathes of bright colour and creative design. The exhibition is part of an ongoing series showing the KenPrint neth Tyler Collection.
The Web page below has a great blurb
Sample pictures below