Hugh Byrne

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Flipside is a suite of monotypes by Hugh Byrne, drawing on and investigating the visual language he has developed in his painting and sculpture. The prints were published in collaboration with Ebony Curated and were presented alongside sculptural work in an exhibition at Warren Editions.

In his painting and sculpture practice, Hugh meticulously plans ahead. His controlled working method allows him to achieve his shapes’ clean, crisp edges and the deliberate palette unique to each work.

In the studio, often, the greatest challenge facing the artist is the relative lack of control presented by the printmaking medium. For Hugh’s project, certain things were planned: a series of PVC shapes he garnered from his paintings, prepared in different sizes, and a pre-mixed palette of colours. Also in this jurisdiction was the application of ink onto the shapes by hand, the paper size, and setting the pressure of the press. However, at every point, there are also many variables that resist practitioner control: for instance, the stretch of the paper when wet, the transformative effect of the pressure, which produces results that are unpredictable, and the particular way in which colours will mingle to form new ones.

It is the nature of printmaking that chance plays a bigger role in the creation of the work than what Hugh is accustomed to in his studio. This required Hugh to adapt his working method – away from planning, and toward intuitive response; away from smooth and flat colour, and toward adopting texture and embracing translucence.

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, organized 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, he spent less time on exact registration and 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.

What is a Monotype?

A monotype is commonly referred to as the ‘painterly print’. A monotype is solely generated from autonomous marks made onto a surface – such as PVC or perspex. The monotype contains no ‘re-usable’ elements. In other words, in the creation of a monotype the surface onto which an artist paints does not hold any fixed information that can be printed more than once. Unlike the printing surface of an etching, which has been permanently etched and thus can be printed in an edition, the monotype exists as a once-off – a unique print.

The exception is that a ghost print and/or cognate print can be pulled after the initial impression has been printed. However, as the term ghost implies, this second print pulled is the feint marks left over on the surface.

 

 

Hugh Byrne
Colour Convergence 01
2017
Monotype on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm
Unique Print
Paper & image dimensions: 74 x 53 cm
Price R11740 (excl. VAT)

 

 

Hugh Byrne, Wrap, Monotype, Prints
Hugh Byrne
Wrap
2017
Monotype on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm
Unique print
Paper & image dimensions: 78 x 60cm
Price R10000 (excl. VAT)

 

Hugh Byrne, Turn, Monotype, Prints
Hugh Byrne
Turn
2017
Monotype on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm
Unique print
Paper & image dimensions: 78 x 60cm
Price R10000 (excl. VAT)

 

Hugh Byrne, Tuck, Monotype, Prints
Hugh Byrne
Tuck
2017
Monotype on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm
Unique print
Paper & image dimensions: 78 x 60cm
Price R10000 (excl. VAT)

 

Hugh Byrne, Push, Monotype, Prints
Hugh Byrne
Push
2017
Monotype on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm
Unique print
Paper & image dimensions: 78 x 60cm
Price R10000 (excl. VAT)

 

Hugh Byrne, Press, Monotype, Prints
Hugh Byrne
Press
2017
Monotype on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm
Unique print
Paper & image dimensions: 78 x 60cm
Framed Price R11900 (excl. VAT) | Frame detail – Kiaat

 

Hugh Byrne, Fold, Monotype, Prints
Hugh Byrne
Fold
2017
Monotype on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm
Unique print
Paper & image dimensions: 78 x 60cm
Framed Price R11900 (excl. VAT) | Frame detail – Kiaat

 

Hugh Byrne, Fasten, Monotype, Prints
Hugh Byrne
Fasten
2017
Monotype on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm
Unique print
Paper & image dimensions: 78 x 60cm
Price R10000 (excl. VAT) 

 

Hugh Byrne, Bend, Monotype, Prints
Hugh Byrne
Bend
2017
Monotype on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm
Unique Print
Paper & image dimensions: 78 x 60cm
Price R10000 (excl. VAT)