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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...
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,...
Basil Hall Editions at Nancy Sever opening buzzes!

Basil Hall Editions at Nancy Sever opening buzzes!

Facebook is abuzz with pictures and comments about the packed opening of our exhibition at Nancy Sever Gallery in Canberra last Friday! Although we don’t have photos of the opening to put up here yet, here’s a shot of Basil working with Shirley Purdie on her beautiful etching for the show. Shirley, Lena Nyadbi, Mabel...
Basil Hall Editions exhibition starts soon in Canberra

Basil Hall Editions exhibition starts soon in Canberra

One of the artists represented in the upcoming Basil Hall Editions exhibition Etched in the Sun II at Nancy Sever Gallery in Canberra, Lena Nyadbi, is seen here painting on acetate in late 2013 for her etching. Two of her beautiful prints are in Nancy’s show, as are others by important Warmun artists…oh, and artists from...
Silkscreen studio taking shape at BHE in 2016

Silkscreen studio taking shape at BHE in 2016

The Canberra silkscreen studio was almost fully set up in early 2016.  We installed a new 2m exposure table in the darkroom to replace a tried and true sheet of plate glass and a piece of foam rubber, which we had successfully used for 20 years. New work for Mowandjum Arts in Derby, WA was the first...
Derek prepares etching paper for another Derby edition

Derek prepares etching paper for another Derby edition

Derek, also known as Dean, Smith, one of Mowanjum’s trainee printers, blotting paper for one of the many editions we did during Basil’s recent trip to Derby. Mowanjum has a great stock of woodcuts, linocuts and silkscreen prints for sale, and soon will add some etchings to the collection. The art centre is situated at the...
A return to Mowanjum Arts in Derby

A return to Mowanjum Arts in Derby

Mowanjum Arts in Derby is the latest arts centre to purchase a press and set up their own printing space. Established last year, the space has a great WA-made etching press, drying racks, good benches and a stock of plates and woodblocks to print. Basil’s second trip to this part of the world was designed...
Rosie Holmes from Mowanjum

Rosie Holmes from Mowanjum

Mowanjum Arts in Derby has been getting into prints in a big way lately. There is  a new press, an energetic studio manager, Rosie Holmes and a growing stock of woodblock prints , silkscreens and, now, etchings. Rosie came down to BHE to work with Basil on a couple of Mowanjum editions, one we did...
New Mowanjum screen prints from the BHE Canberra studio

New Mowanjum screen prints from the BHE Canberra studio

Edna Dale has made 8 editions of silkscreen prints recently for Mowanjum Arts near Derby, WA.  Edna’s distinctive Wandjina figures have proved to be popular with visitors to the art centre recently, so watch out for three new editions (including this one, pictured here, drying in the racks at Basil Hall Editions in Canberra) which...
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 Shirley Purdie etching at Basil Hall Editions

New Shirley Purdie etching at Basil Hall Editions

Basil and Antonia Aitken are busy over the next two weeks proofing and then editioning etchings by Shirley Purdie, Peggy Patrick and Gordon Barney. These beautiful prints were commenced in Warmun in late 2013 and will accompany two by Lena Nyadbi and Mabel Juli (see Warmun Art and Nomad Art Productions websites) in an exhibition...
Basil back from the West

Basil back from the West

Basil looks surprised after an early colour woodcut rolls off the new press at Mowanjum, north of Derby in Western Australia! The technique used by Leah here is adapted from one Basil learnt from Jorge de Souza in Paris 20 years ago. Jorge uses loose pigment, brushed onto the pre-glued washi paper, while we have...