Contemporary and Collectable Australian Printmakers

17 – 31 July


Contemporary + Collectable Australian Printmakers is a comprehensive exhibition of works by eighteen exceptional printmakers showing at Metropolis Gallery from Saturday 17 – 31 July. Included are etchings, lithographs, digital prints and linocuts by some of Australia’s most prominent printmakers including Tony Ameneiro, Graham Fransella, David Frazer, Rona Green, Greg Harrison, Robyn Hassall, Kate Hudson, Anita Iacovella, Deborah Klein, Debra Luccio, Marco Luccio, Marion Manifold, Jenny Peterson, Margie Sheppard, Heather Shimmen, Sally Smart, Sophia Szilagyi and Joel Wolter, together with selected works from the Metropolis collection including Rick Amor and Lewis Miller.

Gallery director Robert Avitabile says that this exhibition has been driven by his passion for drawing and the print mediums of etching, lithography and linocut. “Artists’ prints on paper have intrinsic qualities that are quite different to paintings or drawings and I know artists who are absolutely addicted to their medium: the satisfying process of beginning work on either a metal plate, stone, piece of lino or other surface, right through to the exciting revelation of the beautiful image printed under the heavy, cold steel of the printing press.”

Australia has a rich history of major artists producing prints in limited editions, making exceptional images like these more available to a wider market. The importance of printmaking in Australian art is reflected by the massive archive of works from colonial to contemporary held in the National Gallery of Australia Print Collection.