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Another new woodblock print by Basil Hall for Goulburn exhibition

Another new woodblock print by Basil Hall for Goulburn exhibition

“Nil By Sea”, with a title referencing the words of our wonderful notional anthem, is a woodblock hand-printed over a silkscreened image on Iwaki paper (can you spot our prime minister pondering in the bottom right hand corner?) DIMENSIONS: 29.5 x 39.5; EDITION: 20; PRICE: $220. Click on the image to see the whole thing....

The 20th Anniversary Desert Mob Panel

Basil & Beth inking up a background blockTash & Mats check one of the early proofs of Panel section 1Maya glues down a series of eight woodblocks for Panel section 2Mats applies a finishing touch to Panel section 1And a better shot of our visiting Chilean printmaker, MayaIn this very spot in a few weeks, we...

Adam Rish researching Greek mythology

Sydney artist Adam Rish has travelled extensively, working collaboratively in many countries on paintings, prints, rugs, tapa cloth and sculptural projects. The Skopelos workshop gave Adam a chance to return to printmaking after a number of years, and he has produced several etchings and a pair of linocuts during his residency, discovered the “best” lunch...

Final night party at Skopelos Foundation

On the final evening, the Foundation staff, Gloria Carr, Jill Somer and partner Giorgos hosted one of their famous parties in one of the studio courtyards. The artists and their families enjoyed a stunning barbeque (cook: Spiros, assisted by Giorgos and locals David and Anna) with wine (some from Ianni’s vineyard next door) speeches of thanks...

Gary Shinfield had a studio with a view

Sydney artist Gary Shinfield set himself up in the spacious downstairs studio at the Skopelos Foundation during BHE’s recent workshop there in June. Here he is posing in front of a number of woodcuts (behind him), printed intaglio on the relief press, and some softground etchings he also made during a busy fortnight.

Mats and Peter Sharpe in Skopelos studio

Skopelos was the ”perfect break” (surf joke) Peter Sharpe was looking for and he produced a number of beautiful drawings and several etching plates with Mats during his slightly shortened stay on the island with wife Michelle, also an artist.

Garry Shead and Dionysis at work

Senior Australian artist Garry Shead responded well to his first visit to Skopelos and produced three new etchings with aquatint. Dionysian themes invaded his current preoccupation with the theme of winemaking (in his recent paintings), and the studio’s proximity to a small local winery and numerous tavernas aided the artist’s research. His fellow artists were...

Skopelos pie (Galaktopita)

No report from Skopelos would be complete without an obligatory taverna scene. Here, Judy Watson (left) and Barbie Kjar are about to take delivery of a complimentary Skopelos pie and a plate of preserved fruits from the wonderful Maria, whose family run the island’s best lunch-time taverna, at Glysteri beach. We made sure that Mats and...

Belinda Fox in her corner of the studio

Each artist had a generous space in the Skopelos Foundation studios. Belinda lost no time setting up and commencing to paint on small boards. Later in the fortnight she completed a three plate colour etching and a stunning black and white plate, whilst making sure at least half of each day was spent exploring this...

Artists at work in the Skopelos studio

Sweden’s Mikael Kihlman and London-based Australian artist Christopher Croft set up alongside Garry Shead at tables in the printmaking room, overlooking the Aegean. Here Mikael (in the foreground) is working in diffused light on a number of small drypoints on copper plate. Chris made a series of beautiful etchings on zinc (to become an artist’s...

A message from Greece

Basil and Mats have just finished a successful fortnight on wonderful Skopelos as guests of the Skopelos Foundation, along with nine artists from Australia, England and Sweden. Garry Shead, Christopher Croft, Belinda Fox, Judy Watson, Barbie Kjar, Adam Rish, Gary Shinfield, Mikael Kihlman and Peter Sharp, accompanied by their partners and, in some cases, children,...

A shipload of onlookers

With some of the furniture removed, BHE’s main room became a make-shift lecture room for 45 passengers from the cruise ship Orion on Sunday. What a nice crowd of interested art lovers, curators (not to distinguish them from art-lovers, of course) and sailors-to-be.