Guanlan Printmaking Residency – The woodcuts and other prints


I have just returned from Shenzhen after a very special five week artists residency. This post will look at the work I made. The next post will take a look at the printingmaking base, the people and also a look at the Printmaking Museum .

I worked in the wood cut department reworking a previous painting (Huiyuan Water City). The area is of my old neighbourhood near Olympic park with the Birds Nest in the background.

(4/30) Huiyuan woodcut , Niamh Cunningham 2018 40x 120cm

5/ 30 Step One woodcut 2018 40 x 80cm paper size Niamh Cunningham

The next work was made in response to a call for an exhibition on WB Yeats Poetry. (More information to follow)

6/6/ Impulse of Delight x3 on Yellow Niamh Cunningham 2018 35 x 90cm

Both ‘Huiyuan’ and ‘Step One’ were reduction woodcuts with 3 colours. This technique uses the same wood board for printing each colour, in this case the first cut is the darkest colour working to medium and light. The photos below show the last colour for ‘Huiyuan’ .

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Field of Dreams – A visit to Printing Studios and Experimental Art Department at CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts)

Printing Dept techies work on Copper engraving for Wu Y copy



My visit to CAFA was made possible by Dr Yan Feng who specializes in digital art. (Yan Feng showed his digital projection and installation work this March with IRISH WAVE 2015.) He has just returned last week from a digital art festival in Korea where he had installed a light show. Our first port of call at CAFA was the Printing Department.

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