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Studio

We’re a bit behind with our entries on the webpage, owing to a month of flat out editioning, so here are a couple of shots featuring Mark Ward, Mirabel Fitzgerald and Julie Holmes, who came up to work on new and existing etchings with Basil in Braidwood in February. All are experienced printmakers, so it’s a...
Robyn Mayo visit from Tasmania

Robyn Mayo visit from Tasmania

Tasmanian (formerly Southern Highlands, NSW-) artist, Robyn Mayo, has also been up in Braidwood working with Basil. Her visit coincided with Jessie Pangas’s residency, so they are both pictured at left, admiring a first proof of one of Robyn’s full plate line etchings. Robyn has a solo exhibition in Launceston in March, so these two...
Jessie Pangas silkscreen print

Jessie Pangas silkscreen print

Jessie Pangas completed this 10 colour silkscreen print in two days with Basil in BHE’s Canberra studio during her recent residency. She used a variety of techniques, including painted positives, reduction printing and a final charcoal drawing done on True Grain film. The Canberra studio is ideal for individual artists who want to access silkscreen...
Jessie Pangas residency in January

Jessie Pangas residency in January

Jessie Pangas from northern Tasmania has been in the studios in Braidwood (etching and collagraph) and Canberra (silkscreen) recently, working with Basil on new and existing images. Here, she is fine-tuning an older collagraph block (now with added carborundum for the darkest areas). The block itself, made using incised boxboard, paint and shellac, is seen...
2017 Residencies at BHE

2017 Residencies at BHE

We have had three artists working at Basil Hall Editions in Braidwood since mid-January. Sue Thomas, who is currently enrolled at National Art School, has been here to make plates and do some proofing. An increasing number of individual artists are accessing the facilities for aquatinting, proofing, photo exposures and the use of Basil’s expertise. This...
Katie Breckon residency at BHE in December

Katie Breckon residency at BHE in December

WA artist, Katie Breckon, visited in December, accompanied by several parcels of stainless steel and aluminium plates. Working with Basil, she etched the aluminium pieces, inked up the weathered steel and tried a large number of combinations on the Hilton Press. The larger plates went almost to the edges of the press, so the blankets were...
Armidale comes to Braidwood

Armidale comes to Braidwood

Three Armidale artists, including Susie (at left) travelled down to work with Basil for three days recently. The Braidwood studio works well for groups of up to 4-5, and in three days we can expose plates, aquatint them, make hard- or soft ground drawings, use sugar lift…it’s all here. Susie made three separations on True...
Filming at BHE Canberra for St Vincents Hospital Project

Filming at BHE Canberra for St Vincents Hospital Project

Today was the final day on our St Vincent’s Hospital Project, referred to in earlier blogs. Mirri Mirri from Sydney have been engaged to film the whole process from initial workshops with over 50 artists in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to the printing of the last colour on each of the 3 panels in our...
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,...
Merrepen and Djilpin Arts editions at BHE in May

Merrepen and Djilpin Arts editions at BHE in May

This month we have an exhibition of new etchings to prepare for Djilpin Arts in Beswick (they will show at the walking with Spirits Festival in July) and Merrepen Arts in Daly River (their show is at Nomad Art in Darwin in early August). A mere 40 editions’ worth of plates to etch, aquatint, proof,...
Jane Moore residency at BHE, Braidwood

Jane Moore residency at BHE, Braidwood

Darwin artist Jane Moore has been back at Basil Hall Editions, bringing a touch of the Territory to Braidwood. Rocky escarpments and the panoramic floodplains of Kakadu have been emerging over the week. The image at left is one that Jane started on her last trip south and an early proof has been much-admired on...