New Australian Printmaking at the Ian Potter Centre

Fri 13th May, 2022 – Sun 11th September, 2022
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square
Corner of Federation Street and Russell Street, Melbourne
See colourful, mesmerising and thought-provoking new work by leading Australian contemporary artists – including Patricia Piccinini and Shaun Gladwell – who have turned their talents to printmaking for the first time.

Sixty-eight first-edition prints by leading Australian contemporary artists have been unveiled at the NGV’s Ian Potter Centre as part of a brand new exhibition.

New Australian Printmaking features the work of Megan Cope, Shaun Gladwell, Tim Maguire and Patricia Piccinini, who are recipients of the Australian Print Workshop’s (APW) Artist Fellowship program.

Print was an unfamiliar medium for creation for all four before their fellowships. Cope is known for her site-specific sculptural installations, video work and paintings; Gladwell mostly works with video performances concentrating on bodies in motion; Maguire favours oil paintings for his large-scale photo-realistic works; and Piccinini uses a mix of sculpture, photography and drawing (her hyper-real silicone sculptures for last year’s Rising are still on display at Flinders Street Station). The APW Artist Fellowship program tapped them for an opportunity to expand their practice into uncharted territory by exploring their printmaking potential and collaborating with the master printers at the APW.

You’ll see monumental colour lithographs featuring Cope’s signature use of geographical maps from the colonial period. Gladwell extends his longstanding interest in street culture, technology and the physical limits of the human body using a mix of traditional and digital print techniques. Drawing inspiration from her hot-air balloon sculptures Skywhales, Piccinini tries her hand at using etching and lithography to depict nature, the body and the uncanny. And Maguire takes a roll of the dice (literally) and uses only the three primary colours to compose a series of charcoal drawings.

The exhibition is the first to feature all of the works produced by the APW fellows together, with supplementary material such as printing plates, proofs and documentary footage of the artists and printers providing a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.

Entry is free.