Ron McBurnie artist talk

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PressNorth printmakers were very pleased to host Ron McBurnie at their recent December meeting, where he presented and spoke about over one hundred examples from his print collection. Many of the rare and well preserved prints would not be seen outside a specialized museum or gallery, and seldom in one space, as these were.

There were engravings from contemporaries and followers of Albrecht Durer, Anthony Van Dyck and many other old and rare prints, some done during the original artist’s life (lifetime prints). Some framed English portrait Mezzotints were highlights, but with so many great quality prints from a number of well known artists, it was difficult to pick which were more popular.

Two of the more recent works were from William Lee Hankey. A number of ‘Little Masters’ were of interest, not to mention a wood engraving of Thomas Bewick and work by William Blake. A large engraving (pictured) after Peter Rubens oil painting, ‘The Hippopotamus and crocodile Hunt’, 1615-16 depicting a tremendous battle between man and beast was another exceptional work.

Thanks, Ron for a wonderful display and talk on a great selection of prints.

Written by PressNorth member Tony Fitzsimmons

October’s Inspiration and Education meeting with Gai Copeman

In early October we had a special day-long Inspiration and Education meeting to learn to make a Solander Box with one of our members, Gai Copeman who kindly volunteered her time to teach the group. The Solander box has its origins in conservation. It is named after Daniel Solander (1733-1782), a Swedish botanist who is credited with creating these boxes to store the materials he was working on while at the British museum. There appear to be various styles, but the most typical Solander box is a book-form case, with a hinged lid connected to its base. Naturally, all the materials used in the making of these boxes are acid free, and the possibilities for sizes and covers are endless. All our resultant boxes were different, some quite large to store the prints from our last print exchange, some much smaller to store some of the postcard print exchange recently exhibited. We had a lot of fun and learnt at the same time! Thank you Gai!
Written by Laura Castell