This exhibition showcases the work of eighteen of Northern Ireland's most significant contemporary printmakers, artists who are associated with the regions two most active printmaking workshops: Belfast Print Workshop and Seacourt Print Workshop. While some artists represented in this exhibition explore issues of memory and life experiences, relationships with family and friends, and images from antiquity, most are inspired, in some way, by nature. They seek to capture the expanses of the Northern Irish land- and seascapes, focusing on colors, forms and spaces in an attempt to convey the mood and richness of each setting. Cecilia Stephens takes inspiration for images such as Ridgeways "from the very essence" of what she sees, portraying the "rhythms and cadences of a particular location." The prints on display for this exhibition were created in the decade following the end of nearly thirty years of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. During this cultural renaissance artists commented on the changing nature of the country, its peole and its art, and their images' evocation of the country's richness continues to be compelling. Tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C., in conjuntion with Belfast Print Workshop, Seacourt Print Workshop and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Image courtesy of International Arts & Artists