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Ink - Five Printmakers

Ink - Five Printmakers

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  • Thu 3 Aug ’17, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Fri 4 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 5 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 8 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 9 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 10 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 11 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 12 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 22 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 23 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 24 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 25 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 26 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 29 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 3:00pm
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Railway Street Studios, 8 Railway St, Newmarket Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Ink matters in an exhibition that promises intrigue, intensity, fluidity, and a sensory experience of surface and space.

Leading printmaker artist, educator and master of imagination, Prue MacDougall has invited four artists to join her for Ink, an artist-initiated exhibition that will occupy Railway Street Studios, Newmarket in August 2017.

Hunting like a magpie, as she does for imagery and objects to weave into her capricious artworks, MacDougall was attracted to practitioners whose work intrigued her, sparked inquiry and made her think. She was also impressed by her peers’ consummate professional approach to developing their ideas and how best to express these in ink.

Ink features works by Deborah Crowe, Duncan Pepe Long, Prue MacDougall, Carole Shepheard and Chrystine Wylie. Five artists, connected by their predilection for working in ink; its life through dispersal on substrates alongside its malleable qualities that so eloquently evoke our senses, meaning and thought.

Within this group of highly experienced artists, whose works are held in national and international collections, ideas, imagery, methods and approaches from synergies and tensions, creating a rich dialogue between the images and beyond.

Human relationships with the physical world are explored in the works of Carole Shepheard and Deborah Crowe. Shepheard notes shifts from an urban environment to a rural setting, from research-based practice to a more intuitive studio environment as influential in exploring balance in her Uncanny Nature.

Crowe alludes to her hopes and fears for the future in complex mash-ups of urban, landscape and waste environments, digitally collaged to propose hypothetical future environments where space and place tangle with residue from human occupation.

Wylie’s reductive and highly formal imagery is considered and refined. It belies its complicated fabrication and presents prints resembling drawings; self-constructed geometric compositions suggestive of presence and absence, space and non-space. Allegory, imagination and a sense of poetry are at play with figurative references in the work of Prue MacDougall and Duncan Pepe Long. Both holding drama and intrigue in very different ways.

Ink brings together, twists, distorts and plays with the viewer’s perception of what is in front of her/him. It could be argued that each of the artists uses or mimics drawing as an integral part of their exploration of ideas, pulling together, gesturing, erasing, reducing and making spaces for interpretation in the narrative, the picture plane or the gallery.

While Fiona Cable, Director or Railway St. Studios, has worked with MacDougall before, she hasn’t shown the others’ work. Excited about what this exhibition offers, Cable describes the exhibition,

“It never ceases to impress me, the tenacity of artists such as these exhibiting in Ink. Digging deep to mine the gems that become works of art through sweat, skill and exploration, to produce pieces that please and other times assault the senses. Here are five artists with a depth of experience coming together to share with you what is possible working in ink.”

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