The printed image, with its unique capacity to be reproduced in multiple versions, offers fertile ground for contemporary artists. So too does the variety of means by which such images can be created, from traditional techniques including woodcut and etching, to the newest developments in digital printing technology.
Today’s artists explore the expressive potential of the contemporary print in many ways. Some use printmaking techniques in conjunction with the specialised formats traditionally associated with the multiple image, including the print portfolio and the illustrated book, while others adopt an experimental approach that moves beyond familiar expectations of the printed image.
This exhibition samples recent printmaking practice, featuring a selection of contemporary works from the National Gallery of Victoria’s permanent collection of Australian prints by artists including Mike Parr, Lesley Duxbury and Milan Milojevic.