I had the good fortune to be on the North Coast at the same time as the Opening of the 2013 CPM National Print Awards at the Tweed River Gallery.
131 artists participated in the competition. It must have been a difficult task to hang over 170 works, however the end result was a cohesive exhibition, both beautiful and inspiring in a spectacular location.
The Exhibition runs until 2 June, 2013.
(Photos feature SPA members’ works in the Exhibition)
– Suzanne Newton


Images of The Australian Ballet

Rex-Livingston Art Dealer, 59 Flinders Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

1-23 December 2012

Artist Talk:

Saturday 8 December 3pm, free entry.

Bookings essential, ph: 02 9357 5988


This Exhibition coincides with The Australian Ballet’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, and features mainly drypoints, monotypes and etchings of dancers in repose and in full flight.

The catalogue states “ Luccio’s monotypes are created with great physicality, rolling layers of coloured etching ink onto a copper sheet then wiping them back to sculpt the powerful figures before printing. The etchings and drypoints inspired by The Australian Ballet dancers come directly from Luccio’s drawings. Spontaneous and energetic lines capture movement and intensity whilst other works capture gentle lines of the dancers in repose.”

Luccio won the 2009 CPM National Print Award recognising her as one of Australia’s foremost monotype artists.

Debra Luccio, Movement in Class, (Dancer of The Australian Ballet in Class), 2012,
monotype on Velin Arches paper, 37.5 x 26.5cm + frame

On Tuesday the 9th of October several members of the Southern Printmakers Association got together to visit the exhibition of Pentimenti Prints featuring our very own Laura Stark..

Dior, Marilyn, Suzanne and printmaker Yvonne met at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre and headed off together towards Woollongong University. It was a beautiful day and the trip was fairly quick and uneventful. A big thank you to Dior for taking us down for the day.

Once at the University we met with Jill and Shaynee before heading into the space to see the exhibition.

To Dior’s right is Tony Ameneiro’s Flowering Heads

I only had my phone with me and the quality of the images is not to good but I’d still like to share some of the images with you.

Excerpt from Pentimenti Prints Catologue.

PENTIMENTI PRINTS an Australian Italian exchange portfolio of variable prints.

Pentimenti Prints is an innovative exchange portfolio involving eight Australian and eight Italian artists working with print media. Traditionally, collaborative print exchanges require artists to reproduce an image as an edition of identical prints. Pentimenti Prints overturns this convention. Rather than striving for uniformity, it places variation and uncertainty at the centre of the portfolios visual investigation. For the Pentimenti Prints portfolio, the collaborating artists ere invited to produce an edition of variable prints, reworking a single idea or image 26 times. This has culminated in 26 uniquely varied print portfolios of which 13 (the odd numbers in the edition) are in Australia and 13 (the even numbers) are in Italy. Pentimenti Prints was conceived by Australian artist, Lucia Parrella and coordinated in collaboration with Italian artist, Fabio Mariacci and Gianni Ottavianne, master printer at the Tipografia Grifani Donati in Italy. The portfolio was completed in 2012.

Jill examines Tony Ameneiro's Single and Multi-plate monotype Sue gets up close to Laura Stark's 'Pathways'. Dior and Elio Mariucci's, 'Labirinti Incantatori' - Lithograph and Pastels. Shaynee and Dior examine Lucia Parrella's 'Anatomy of Lost Letters.

Much discussion was had about the unique concept they chose to adopt for this collaboration and how unique each artists interpretation of the idea played out.

From using the same plate and simply hand colouring the print to create variations, to taking the plate itself and cutting it up and reconfiguring the composition. Tony Ameneiro’s approach was unique and results in his ‘single idea’ being transformed as he created many monotypes of the same image. The incorporation of many printmaking techniques showed us that all forms of printmaking can lend themselves to this growth of creation.

We would love to hear anybody elses thoughts on this exhibition so feel free to add a comment and let’s get a dialogue going!

Finally I will try to add this video of the exhibition. Again I must apologize for the poor quality.

Below is a photo of the exhibition taken by Suzanne Newton.

Pentimenti Prints