Written by Paul Croft for Printmaking Today Winter Issue.
PRINTMAKING IN WALES
PRINTMAKING IN WALES
3.20m – 48.08t – 5910s
Friday 25 May — Sunday 1 July 2012
This exhibition marks the culmination of work which Williams began during a three – month residency at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Initially consisting of drawings, photographs, notes and ideas it has transformed into prints and large-scale works produced specifically for Chapter.
Utilising traditional methods of printmaking — woodcuts/engraving, lithography and stone — Williams uses print as a vehicle with endless possibilities. Each journey is mapped and logged in the form of a series of drawings and photographs that ultimately become realised as large woodcut block and prints, displayed here side by side on the Caffi Bar walls. The pace, time and distance is logged, which in turn informs the title of each work.
A passion for running is a key inspiration in the work including the inspirational views experienced during Williams’ ‘journeys’ and the pace of running — methodical and rhythmic — which is replicated in the working and cutting of the block.
Pete Williams studied at Cheltenham School of Art & Design and received an MA in Fine Art, Printmaking at Brighton University. He is currently UWIC Associate Lecturer in BA/MA printmaking and the Founder/Director of Print Market Project — a new Sculpture & Printmaking Workshop.
Solo exhibitions include Open Studio, Aberystwyth Arts Centre; RK Burt Gallery, London (both 2012) and ‘New York Commercial’, Blackburn 20/20 Gallery, New York (2011). Group exhibitions include ‘New Prints’, Autumn International Print Centre, Chelsea, New York and Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas, Austin (2011).
Forthcoming group exhibitions include ‘Between Spaces’, Aberystwyth Arts Centre Gallery (2013) and ‘New Works’, RK Burt Gallery, London (2012). Recent commissions include Hapus Ice-Cream Factory, Machen Mountain Sculpture Trail, Wales (2010); KALEID editions Gallery, London; Sydney Nolan Trust, Wales (both 2009).
Williams was awarded an international collaborative residency with Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York, including a solo exhibition (2011); Artist in Residence at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (2010) and International Artist in Residence at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland (2008).
Fantastic day yesterday at Chapters Art Bootique and a big thankyou
to all involved. We set up the studio and the stand then we all talked, all day and had
over 100 people came over to the studio to checked out the workshop.
Loking forward to Chapters Art Car Bootique ..all the work done just have to set up and enjoy..
The Print Market project – Open Studio Sunday 15th April 11am – 5pm
On the 15th of April the Studio will be open for view.
Our studio is literally a stone throws away from Chapters Art Car Bootique (where we also have a pitch) so feel free to cross the road and have a look – find out about the different print activities we offer.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Private View at Print Market Project this Friday
October 14th 2011, between 6pm – 8pm
Studio Opening 14 October 2011