Hugh Byrne | 2017

Hugh Byrne joined us in studio to create some monotypes in May 2017. This was the first time that Hugh had engaged with printmaking, his primary medium being painting and most recently sculpture.

Hugh has described his practice as one of “keen observation and questioning…identifying a problem, solving it, letting that decision influence the next problem/solution, and so on. In this way, the artworks become tangible compilations of decisions, organised in one place.”

This process of allowing each decision to be guided by the results of the previous one was amplified and honed in the studio. As Hugh became more comfortable with the medium, he spent less time anticipating outcomes. More time was spent using various inking techniques to achieve texture, and arranging shapes directly on the press bed. The composed and elegant prints that have resulted from the collaboration are indicative of a loosening in Hugh’s approach – the flipside of his painting and sculpture practice.

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