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After the Skopelos crowd departed...

After the Skopelos crowd departed…

After our workshop participants departed in late September, I had a chance to cut a couple of new woodblocks on Skopelos in our wind-down week on the island. I am currently working on a series of eight prints for Continuum, a Southern Highlands Printmakers exhibition at Goulburn Regional Gallery, opening on November 17. Most of...
Pam, Basil and David return from our Skopelos workshops

Pam, Basil and David return from our Skopelos workshops

The team has just returned to Australia after another exciting Skopelos Printmaking in Paradise adventure. This year, David Frazer joined Pam and me. This meant that we could offer wood engraving for the first time. David used a new studio we created above the workshop space, so each of us was able to work with...
So now the silkscreen studio has an etching press?

So now the silkscreen studio has an etching press?

Keith from Merlarue Presses has just visited this week to instal our new proofing press. Although we have sold no fewer than three presses in recent years in a frenzy of rationalisation, it has become necessary to have a small etching press in Canberra so Basil can work on his own plates on weekends and also do...
Printing underway for St Vincents Hospital Project

Printing underway for St Vincents Hospital Project

Printing is well underway on the St Vincents Hospital Project triptych. With Clinton Barker on the one-arm and Basil on the artwork and screen preparation, beautiful things are finally happening on this exciting initiative. A film crew and our organiser, Monique Silk, will be here next Thursday to take some action shots in the studio,...
More from our correspondent in Skopelos

More from our correspondent in Skopelos

The printmakers of 2016 at one of our favourite tavernas: Stella’s, just below the studio on the way to the beach. Each day we work from after breakfast at 8.30 until 12.30, before stopping for a two hour lunch break. This allows for swimming, a long lazy lunch and reading or relaxing on a beach...
Keeping it in the family. April in Braidwood

Keeping it in the family. April in Braidwood

Basil and his Mum, Diana (94), proofed some of the latest plates from Merrepen Arts this week in the BHE Braidwood studio. 20 new editions will come out of his March workshop in the Daly River region of the Northern Territory, and the proofs must be ready to be taken up to show the artists...
Liz's seal story

Liz’s seal story

Tasmanian artist, Liz Pinner is seen here with Basil during BHE’s recent workshop on King Island. Four pages of a small story written and illustrated by Liz are hanging on the line behind as they discuss these first proofs. Liz used soft ground and a pencil to draw the separate plates, and Basil will print...
Basil visits his great grandfather in Art Gallery of SA

Basil visits his great grandfather in Art Gallery of SA

While he was at the Tarnanthi Festival in October, Basil visited the Art Gallery of SA four times to view its permanent collection in addition to the outstanding Tarnanthi Exhibitions. He had to show off two paintings in the collection by his great grandfather, Bernard Hall, (the one at top left is by a former...
Tarnanthi Festival in Adelaide

Tarnanthi Festival in Adelaide

The scene at the official opening by Paul Keating of the inaugural Tarnanthi Festival in Adelaide on October 8 at the Art Gallery of SA. Curated by a team under Nici Cumpston, the exhibition in the Gallery itself and satellite events in Adelaide were well attended and utterly stunning. One person in the photo above...
New Shirley Purdie etching edition underway

New Shirley Purdie etching edition underway

Today we are up and running on Shirley Purdie’s new edition. Visiting ace printer, (all the way from Tasmania), Antonia Aitken is seen doing the a la poupée plate. Meanwhile, Basil inks the orange, brown and yellow plates (the easier ones!) and takes photos of the activity. There is a sneak peek of the new...
New etching for Warmun Artists

New etching for Warmun Artists

The new two plate etching (it will also have a silkscreened colour over the moon) by Mabel Juli from a workshop Pam and Basil ran in Warmun in 2013. Also being editioned soon for an upcoming exhibition at Nomad Art in Darwin are Lena Nyadbi, Gordon Barney, Peggy Patrick and Shirlie Purdie. The pink plate,...
Clint Barker's Burleigh Bongos 2015

Clint Barker’s Burleigh Bongos 2015

Clint Barker has just finished a four plate colour etching at Basil Hall Editions. At left is the final proof, printed by Basil, Clint and Rebecca Drew in Braidwood today. The image comprises red, yellow, blue-black and cream plates; the cream being a final over-roll. Clint’s has adapted his customary way of developing an image to...