A new exhibition celebrating 50 years of printmaking at the Glasgow Print Studio has opened at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The Love of Print will feature works of art created by famous Scottish artists over the five decades since its inception in 1972. The exhibition has been co-produced by GPS and Glasgow Life, the charity responsible for culture and sports in the city.
The Love of Print will bring together over 225 significant prints by 130 artists, who collectively embody a Who’s Who of Scottish art over the past 50 years.
Works by artists like Alasdair Gray, Barbara Rae and John Byrne represent some of the earliest pieces from Glasgow Print Studio’s incredible archive. Many New Glasgow Boys have worked with the studio to produce some of the most identifiable pieces of their careers. Etchings by Adrian Wiszniewski, Ken Currie, Steven Campbell and Peter Howson take the exhibition forward through the 1980s, towards the turn of the century.
More recent Scottish artists, often recognized more widely as Turner Prize winners and nominees, are also on display. Martin Boyce, Ciara Philips, Richard Wright, Jim Lambie and Christine Borland, who have worked with Glasgow Print Studio to produce an incredible range of artwork, sit alongside works by lesser-known printmakers.
Glasgow Print Studio has an international reputation as a major contributor to contemporary printmaking. With some of the most sophisticated facilities in Europe, it attracts artists from all over the world and offers a unique environment where famous names work alongside students and members.
One section, titled ‘Here and Now’, includes 50 newly commissioned works. The Love of Print offers emerging artists, currently involved in the artistic practice of printmaking, the opportunity to exhibit their work in one of Scotland’s most popular museums and art galleries.
Each artist featured in The Love of Print has donated a print that will become part of the Glasgow Museums collection.
Artists Kate Downie, Adrian Wiszniewski and Ade Adesina, all of whom have works in the exhibition, were at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to see the final preparations underway before the exhibition opens on Friday 18 November.
Artist Adrian Wiszniewski said: “A stroll through the museum in Kelvingrove on a Sunday afternoon is one of my fondest memories. The collection reflects Glasgow’s personality, rich in range and depth, often idiosyncratic and always democratic. The Glasgow Print Studio shares these attributes. Like Kelvingrove, the print studio has embraced the very Glasgowian belief that art is for everyone.
John Mackechnie MBE RSA, Director of Glasgow Print Studio, said: “The history of Glasgow Print Studio is quite remarkable indeed, beginning in 1972 with a group of enthusiasts with no money in a basement apartment, but in need of a facility they could use. make prints after art school. Its progress since then has been quite meteoric and at the forefront of contemporary Scottish art ever since, inviting top Scottish artists to work with them and then presenting the work to an international audience.
“It has provided a facility for thousands of artists over the years and could fill the entire Kelvingrove Art Gallery with the prints made over its 50 year history. This snapshot illustrates the history of Glasgow Print Studio with more of 200 works of art, memorabilia and videos to give the public a glimpse into the inner workings of Glasgow’s oldest visual arts facility”.
The Love of Print will revisit the collaborative projects that Glasgow Print Studio has undertaken over the past five decades with guest artists, and ambitious commissions with external partners such as The Modern Institute.
Short films showcase various printmaking techniques, and interviews with staff and artists provide rich detail about the process and final product. The theme of making a print is explored in detail and forms the focus of an innovative public program of demonstrations and workshops that will complement the exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Founded in 1972, the Glasgow Print Studio was an artist-led initiative, which provided facilities and studio space for artists using fine art printmaking. Unique in Scotland’s cultural landscape and at the heart of the development of Glasgow’s Merchant City as the city’s vibrant cultural quarter, workshops, galleries, education space and other facilities now span three floors of the Glasgow Arts and Creativity Centre, Trongate 103.
Its whole philosophy is to encourage contemporary and innovative printmaking by supporting artists, exhibitions, learning and curation in a stimulating and creative environment supported by equipment, advice and training to encourage everyone to participate in the engraving art.
The Love of Print opened on Friday 18th November and will run until 12th March 2023, tickets are £7.50, discount is £5, children under 16 are free.