Zuleika Gallery at the London Original Print Fair
We are delighted to present Nicola Green: In Seven Days...The Unique Prints, a Spotlight exhibition at the 35th London Original Print Fair. This unique body of work is seen together for the very first time, following artist Nicola Green's first-hand witness of Barack Obama's meteioric ascent to powers as the first African-American President of the United States.
After her numerous trips to the US on Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, Nicola Green had amassed a huge archive of sketches and photographs, as well as newspapers, magazines and paraphernalia. Green spent countless hours researching the complex themes contained in this story. She deliberated for months, working out how to distil this extensive primary material and research.
By using the screens as a drawing tool Green pushed the boundaries of her materials; overlaying icons, multiplying them, reducing them: testing the limits of negative space, pattern and repetition. Green unsentimentally experimented with their form and colour, exposing the most essential gestures and symbols. Through these relentless processes, Green’s abstractions minimised line whilst still maintaining critical form. Through this practice, meaning was layered into every inch of the apparently simple imagery.
Printing such large flat planes of colour at this size and scale is extremely rare, mostly because of the high risk and technical difficulties. The artist experimented with multiple colour palettes, mixing and printing over and over again, returning to each until she found the perfect pigment and tone. Curators have noted the size of these expanses of colour as unusual, combined with hand-applied 24k gold leaf and complex print-making challenges. This is likely due to the artist having trained and worked for years as an oil painter, bringing these stylistic techniques, processes and practises to her silkscreen printing process.
We are also presenting work at the LOPF by Rachel Gracey R.E., The Pacific Coast and prints by Trevor Sutton.
Click here to visit Zuleika Gallery's stand at the LOPF
- Interview with Artist Nicola Green, who witnessed Obama's historic Presidential campaign 2008
- Zuleika Gallery - Rachel Gracey: The Pacific Coast
- Rachel Gracey - The Pacific Coast - Part II
- Zuleika Gallery - Rachel Gracey: The Pacific Coast Part III
- Zuleika Gallery - Rachel Gracey: The Pacific Coast Part IV
- Jo Gorner in conversation with Lizzie Collins about Trevor Sutton's prints