Kevin Fletcher, Harborside Forge At Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager):
"I am amazed by Kevin Fletcher's ability to translate a mysterious, industrial scene into an expressive moment on paper. He often chooses scenes that most would consider the underbelly of the modern world - abandoned warehouses, docks, loading bays, etc. He then uses the capabilities of the monotype medium to emphasize the contrast between dark and light to build a captivating composition. Simple ink marks develop into light and shade, wires and wood, hills and clouds. There is so much to study in each piece, yet the strokes are so self-evident. He is an expert of 'less is more.'"
Juan Genovés, #6, Después Con Los De Antes (Afterwards, With Ones Before)
Recommended by Sam (Gallery Owner & Director):
"This powerful etching by the Spanish artist Genoves, from the Silence, Silence portfolio speaks so eloquently about current events even though it was making reference to the Spanish Civil War and Franco.The suggested movement with a focus on the legs running, lends such a sense of urgency. The lower part of the image reflects the anger and frustration shared by the protesters."
Carol Summers, Las Cascadeas De Tamasopo
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager):
"It's unusual for Carol Summers, known for his bold color palettes, to create a monochromatic woodcut. In our increasingly digital world, the RGB version of indigo permeates our lives as the go-to color for hyperlinks and other mundane digital functions. In Las Cascadeas De Tamasopo Summers reminds me of indigo's richness and beauty. This print makes me crave the pigment and everything I associate with it - summertime, Mediterranean waters, ceramics painted by hand. I feel enthralled as if I am seeing color for the first time."
Art Hansen, Poppy 1999
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager):
"As soon as spring slowly emerges in the Pacific Northwest, my focus turns to sunshine and bright colors to pull me out of winter. This etching is the perfect remedy for spring fever. The poppy's red could not be more intense and the contrast of the black could not be richer. Poppies are underestimated for their small size but I appreciate their wild nature and bold color; small but mighty, one of Art Hansen's specialties."
Paul Berthon, Model and Rabbit
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher):
"Paul Berthon, known for his art nouveau style in advertisements and posters, sets up the viewer to focus on the model’s body with her pale skin contrasted against the muted colors of the background. Once the viewer gets closer, though, the seemingly straightforward print begins to shift with a nod to ‘Through the Looking Glass’, where things aren’t what they seem. The model has been posed in a way that puts her body on display against a variety of textures on the wall and floor behind her. Despite her static pose, she appears to be pulled towards the bottom left of the image - towards the rabbit. Her gaze is fixed on the white rabbit, but the rabbit (whose feet mirror the woman’s) is looking back at the viewer, smiling mischievously."