Monday, 3 January 2011

Destruction of beauty

The following etchings are by the artist Mat Collishaw, printed at Paupers Press in East London. He uses striking electric colours in his photogravure etchings, which intensify the black background. He minipulates and destroys the delicate insects, contorting and breaking their wings. This series of work by Collishaw is very similar to Damien Hirsts collection of butterfly prints.

I was lucky enough to visit the printing studio whilst studying on my Art Foundation course last year. We were able to see all the preperation which goes into professional printing and how much involvement the artist has in the process. We were shown original prints by Paula Rego and Damien Hirst that have not yet been published.

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