eX de Medici, It's a Global World (detail), 2008


Prints and Drawings
from the CMAG Collection

6 November 2009 – 28 February 2010
Gallery 5

Prints and drawings from the CMAG Collection features work by local artists and artists with a connection to Canberra. The artists included in the exhibition range from senior practitioners such as Jan Brown, who has lived in Canberra since the 1950s, to younger artists like Danie Mellor, winner of the 2009 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

CMAG is fortunate to hold within its collection the archives of the Studio One print workshop and several of the works in this exhibition have been selected from this archive. Studio One, an independent printmaking workshop that operated in the Canberra suburb of Kingston for eighteen years, was founded by Meg Buchanan and Dianne Fogwell in 1983, on the crest of a nascence of the visual arts in the Canberra region. The (then) Canberra School of Art, under the direction of Udo Sellbach, was fostering the teaching of visual art based on a European workshop model, and had attracted artists of significant calibre and international reputation to head the workshops. These included Jörg Schmeisser, Head of Printmaking, and Petr Herel, Head of the drawing-based Graphic Investigation Workshop, both important Australian printmakers and both represented in the current exhibition.

In the 1990s, under the leadership of Basil Hall and Lynne Magor-Blatch, Studio One developed a strong reputation for its work with Indigenous artists, particularly after the appointment of master printmaker Theo Tremblay in 1993. Striking images by artists such as Emily Kam Kngwarray, Jack Britten and Namiyal Bopirri were produced, as well as prints by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists located at various times in the Canberra region, such as Johnno Johnson and Denis Nona.

The range and quality of the prints and drawings included in this exhibition attests to the skills and creativity of artists living and working in the Canberra region.

Kate Murphy
Canberra Museum and Gallery

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