September 15 – October 14  2018

The use of etching presses to reproduce text and images goes back to the 15th century when German blacksmith and goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg developed the first ‘modern’ printing press.  And since then presses have been an integral part of most intaglio and many relief print techniques.

In the mid 1980′s drawing on input from numerous practitioners including his wife Margaret, the late John Winch and master printmaker Michael Kempson, Richard Swinbourne brought his engineering expertise and skills to the manufacture of a modern etching press capable of producing prints of the highest quality.  The result was ‘The Etching Press Company’ and the production of a limited line of beautifully crafted presses highly valued by those fortunate enough to work with them.  Tragically, Richard died just as his presses were becoming more widely known.

This exhibition curated by Sydney-based printmaker Bernhardine Mueller brings together prints by 13 artists all of whom have worked on etching presses made by Richard Swinbourne.  It celebrates Richard’s contribution to contemporary printmaking as well as showcasing the range and diversity of contemporary hand-pulled prints. In Bernadine’s words, “the narrative that runs through the show highlights the importance of makers of tools working in unison with the artist-printmaker”.

Exhibiting artists:

Charlotte Blessing, John Caldwell, Sita Cooray, Marianne Courtenay, Michael Kempson, Bernhardine Mueller, Margaret Swinbourne, Jess Winch, John Winch (dec.), Madeleine Winch, Lynn Winters, Michael Winters, Tim Winters.

Above:  Marianne Courtenay – ‘Wind Song’ – (detail)  2018
Below: Marianne Courtenay – ‘Wind Song, triptych – multi-plate hand-coloured woodblock, 54 x 162 cm