Anne Desmet Talks at Ochre Print Workshop
Last night I was fortunate enough to be able to pop along to my local printmaking studio – Ochre Print Studio in Guildford. Run by printmakers Annee Robson and Julie Hoyle, this open access studio has a great wealth of facilities and opportunities for printmakers, including regular talks held at the venue by successful and inspiring printmakers.
The first talk of 2013 was held last night at the studio from 7pm and we were so very lucky to hear from Anne Desmet, RA, about her printmaking work and achievements to date. As a relief printmaker myself I was delighted to see some example works (beautiful wood engravings and linocuts) and hear her talk for over an hour about her inspiration, processes and themes running through the work. An eloquent and inspiring talk that had the audience captivated from the start.
Anne talked through her work in a chronological order from works on themes such as ‘Towers and Transformations’ including a series of works exploring the theme of Babel Towers, to ‘Urban Evolution’ including a series of relief works on the Victoria Baths in Manchester to more recent works of ‘Olympic Metamorphosis’ studying the buildings of the Olympic Park in London 2012.
Her talk was presented on a powerpoint presentation allowing all attendees to see often enlarged versions of very small and detailed works. Hearing Anne describe the processes she uses, the inspirations behind the works and even to look through one of her sketchbooks was truly inspiring and a fascinating insight into the mind of a very fine printmaker.
Thank you Anne and Ochre!
About Anne Desmet
Member of the Royal Academy, an established artist who specializes in wood engravings, linocuts and mixed media collages. Her first major retrospective: Anne Desmet: Towers and Transformations, opened at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum in 1998. Her second museum-curated exhibition, Anne Desmet – Urban Evolution, opened at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, in 2008, and toured ten UK museums and public galleries until 2010. 30 international awards include an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada, Award (2007); and a Pollock/ Krasner Foundation, USA, Award (1998); and the LOPF print prize at the RA Summer Exhibition (2010). Her work is in museum collections worldwide. Since 1998 she has been editor of Printmaking Today; she is co-author of Handmade Prints and author of Primary Prints.
Ochre Print Studio will be running a whole series of artists’ talks throughout 2013:
Sat 9th March @2pm – Dale Devereux Barker
Sat 13th April @ 11am – Ursula Leach
Thurs 26th Sept @ 7pm – Ray Richardson
Thurs 24th Oct @ 7pm – Margaret Timmers