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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- November 2006 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 9, Issue 196 November 2006     


Acclaimed master print maker holds retrospective of iconic Australian artists

Acclaimed master printmaker Paul Smith will hold a retrospective exhibition of limited edition prints representing the works of renowned Australian artists including Arthur Boyd,  Charles Blackman, Tim Storrier, David Boyd, Ray Crooke, Euan Macleod and Salvatore Zofrea.

At 2.00pm there will an official opening by Euan Macleod at the historic home “Tarrangaua” (the original home of Australian writer and poet Dorothy Mackellar) in Lovett Bay, Pittwater, on Saturday 18 November at 2pm. The exhibition will be open on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November from 10am to 5pm.

Mr Smith has been working as an artist and printmaker for more than 20 years. He has collaborated with some of Australia’s most prestigious artists to produce high quality limited edition “collographs”, using a unique combination of printmaking techniques developed over the past 10 years to produce prints of brilliant colour and texture.

His collograph prints incorporate the artist’s own brushstrokes, registered in the acrylic binder used in the printing process and rolled through the press. These collaborations with iconic Australian artists over the years have produced extraordinary new artworks, a homage to the paintings that inspired them, with richly complex tones, colours and textures.

Arthur Boyd commented that Mr Smith’s prints were works of art that “are half yours and half mine”. The images were based on paintings by Boyd, but both artists contributed to the final result achieved in the prints, and with mutual respect BOTH the prints. “Paul’s prints are a work of art in themselves,” according to David Boyd.

Establishing his own studio, eStudio Editions based on Scotland Island, NSW in the early 1990s, Mr Smith has recently embarked on a series of editions with some of the most exciting contemporary artists in Australia. “It is not my intention as a printer to create an exact copy of the original, but rather, in collaboration with the artist to express the essence of the original image,” Mr Smith said.

The master prints have proven to be valuable items for purchase by connoisseurs of fine art, with many prints appreciating considerably over time. The retrospective exhibition spans 20 years of Mr Smith’s master printmaking.

Ferries depart Church Point Wharf 9.30am every hour on the hour to Lovett Bay.

A group can order a Pink Water taxi (5 people) or the Cougar (20 people) to depart from Church Point Public Wharf, Taylors Point Avalon, and Newport public wharf, phone  0428 238 190.

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