A time of gifts – the people at Guanlan

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Some photos from Guanlan Printmaking Base Shenzhen where I had the good fortune to meet impressive artists in residence and other wonderful people based at the Printmaking workshop. This must be one of the most unique printmaking bases in the world located in a scenic 300 year old Hakka village. 

http://www.chinaresidencies.com/residencies/guanlan-original-printmaking-base

 

Here with Rahman Mohamed, Ulrich Wolff, Teruyo Sonoyama, Harumi Sonoyama, Radka Hrabovska, Igor Baranov, Tomas Zemla and I. 

 

As I arrived just before the Chinese New year, I met two different groups of artists. Here with Zhao JiaChun Director of the China Printmaking Museum, Uyanga Zorig (Mongolia), David Arboloshvil (Georgia) and Catarina Braga (Portugal),

 

After the first day of firecrackers Lithographer David decided we needed to recycle what was remaining on the ground and so the search for unlit crackers began .

The China Printmaking Museum should be a destination on any artist tour of South China. Located only a 10 minute walk from the Printmaking Base and was a great getaway for artists in residence to ponder and study the great Print Masters. It also houses many works from the  Guanlan International Print Biennial . 

( photo credit Rhi Moxon)

It has over  four expansive floors above ground and several underground , each floor dedicated to different print disciplines. 

 

After the Chinese New Year the new artists arrived  from all parts of the globe. 

 

Artists at Work 

The printing base has four departments . Lithography, Etching, Seriography and Woodcut. 

Igor Baranov (Russia) whose main body of work is part of Ex Librus, here he inspects his offset Lithography print with Tomas Zelma (Slovakia). 

 

On March 8th , making the three X’s for International Women’s day on March the 8th with Radka and Teruyo (photo credit Tomas Zemla).

 

Rahman Mohamed’s (Malaysia)  etchings deal with deforestation and humanity’s insufficient efforts to counteract the damage.

Tomas Zelma prepares his plate for etching. His horizontal landscapes are the most hushed and quiet I have seen in a long time. http://tomaszemla.com/

 

My area was woodcut. Using oil colour and reductive process it was a delightful challenge to guess how the outcome of working from dark to light would work , see previous post 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reknowned lithographer Harumi Sonoyama and his wife Teryo have been to the PrintMaking base many times. Harumi has shared his expertise with all at the base and has earned immense respect from everyone there.   St Patricks night celebration he told some stories of his early days , his application to get to Paris  in the 1970s (his few phrases of French encouraged a self proclaimed fluency). He managed to get to France and he spoke of  working in various print workshops where Picasso and Chagal would get their prints made. Harumi’s personal work focuses  on ‘almost’ monochromatic soft textile surfaces and light  and Teruyo’s imagery of inquisitive feline creatures. Harumi is the director of the Japan Print Association.  

Harumi Sonoyama website 

 

 

Head of the Printmaking Base GuoQingwen ( standing next to me in green clothing) was most helpful and patient with the various requests for materials that were made. He brought some highranking visitors to the studios showing here with VIPs and the speaker of the Shenzhen Municipal Assembly.

 

(photo credit Rahman Mohamed)

Ulrich Wolff examines his aquatint using a loupe . Ulrich won the 2015 Bienalle prize at the Guanlan International Printmaking Biennial. Much of his work is on urban architecture but not necessarily the precious kind .  Ulrich Wolff website  http://www.u-j-wolff.de

 

 

I guess we all have our heroes from various projects. My studio was next door to super sonic worker Radka Hrabovska (Slovakia), illusions of my being industrious were blown away as I witnessed how intensely and fast she worked.

Once she had most of her etching done she moved on to woodcut printing on paper and making traditional Chinese and Slovakian costumes clothes.

 

 

She then started to take St Patricks day  far more seriously than I and insisted on using some of those banana leaves outside our windows to make little green leprechaun hats. On the way to the canteen that day the excitement on seeing newly fallen red leaves which would play the perfect role of feathers in the hat .  

 

 

 

 

 

Later that night we had a party, the wonderful office staff  Patricia Zhang and Kiki Liang Hong came along with  Hua Lan (whose talents in colour mixing I mentioned in the previous post) . I was also thrilled to see woodcut technician Jiao Jianghua arrive with his young daughter and her young friend .

Of course when printers get together they pride themselves on arm strength and so the night was not going to escape without an arm wrestle. 

Here is Jiao Jianghua and Harumi Sonoyama.  

Although no one brought musical instruments, we played some music using a phone and I did manage a little dance with the young girls.

Thank you Everyone for a wonderful experience . 

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即将展出:

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最新动态:

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*2019年7月”1919″ 爱尔兰  Sligo -Hamilton Gallery  

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*2019年4月-5月在匈牙利首都布达佩斯

*2019年4月”奥德赛——回归”群展2019年4月13日在东岳美术馆开幕。

*2018年11月-12月“地图与疆域”国际艺术邀请展 北京吉利学院

*2018年11月-12月“纸上·至上”展览,韩国光州市立美术馆北京创作中心

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*”Winning the Day ‘ Granary Art Centre,  SiShui , Shandong, May – June 2019

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*Odyssey The Return ; group exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing  in April

Map and Territory Art IRRCA at Beijing Geely College Nov 20- Dec 20 2018

*Thousands of Sprouts, an experimental online exhibition – by Elizabeth Ross  Nov 2018

* On Paper Supreme, Gwangju Art Museum Beijing Creative Centre Songzhuang Nov- Dec 2018

*China Europe Internaitional Contemporary Art Global Tour Shanghai Oct 2018

*An Irish Airman foresees his Death – Hamilton Gallery Sligo, Ireland June – Nov 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Extension Space, Shenyang, Liaoning,  Sept 16th – Oct 21st  2018

*Artist Nomination Exhibition, Huaiyin art gallery, Huai ‘an shi, Jiangsu, July-Aug 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Ordos Culture and Art Centre , Inner Mongolia , Aug 17th – Sept 10th  2018

*International Abstract Art , ChungChuen College, Jinan, July 2018

* On Paper Supreme, QingDao , Tiantai Art Centre, June 2018

* Existence , International Feminist Art Exhibition,  Mezzi Bookstore Art Space , Changsha

* Excavations 20 April-4th June  He Gallery, Golf Club.

*’Mortgaged Time’ 21st- 29th April at Red Gate Gallery , 798 Beijing  April 21st

*’Excavations’ 12-18th Enjoy Museum 798,  Beijing   preview 5 pm 12th April

* 5 week residency at Guanlan Printmaking base , Shenzhen (Feb-March 2018)

*Lunar New Year theme exhibition “Red Fruit” showing at Raycom IT centre, Zhongguancun,  28th Jan continues to March 3rd, organised by RoveArt , supporting the Female Protection Fund.

*Chinese & Foreign Visual Arts Hunan,  at the Meixi Academy Book Complex, Changsha Dec 26th to Jan 26th 2018.

* ‘Beyond Time’  Raycom IT Centre, Zhongguangcun, Beijing Dec – Jan 27th  2018

*”Qualitative Phase and The Narrative” Beijing Film Academy Triennial Exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing, curated by Li Zhen till Dec 18th 2017…………………………………………….

 

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Very honoured to have Irish Ambassador Eoin O’ Leary visit Chinese New Year exhibition “Red & Fruit”

Irish Ambassador Eoin O'Leary with subway paintings at Raycom Centre exhibition Feb 2018

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