Pratt Contemporary was founded in 1977 as a fine art printing and publishing studio and has evolved through a multitude of different activities including sculpture, painting and drawing. In 1987 Pratt Contemporary was the first contemporary print studio to be invited to exhibit at the London Original Print Fair, held annually at the Royal Academy of Arts. Since 1994 Pratt Contemporary has been a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) and is a regular exhibitor at the organisation’s annual Print Fair in New York. The Studio continues to collaborate with artists, presenting exhibitions of their work in the UK and abroad.
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Circumnavigation | A Journey Through Print
Alongside every major sculpture Pacheco has produced is a considerable body of work on paper representing what she describes as her ‘circumnavigation’. Her ‘circumnavigations’ in print are executed with all the skill and imagination of a major figure in contemporary printmaking.
'The Passion and Its Objects (after Dürer)' is a set of six etchings and an ongoing series of monotypes by British artist Marcus Rees Roberts. The images derive from fragments from Albrecht Dürer’s ‘The Small Passion’ (1511).
A key image in this portfolio of seven drypoints is a head bound by wire above a bleeding heart (Plate IV), which is elaborated by an unfolding narrative in the remaining six plates. The dark event is depicted in three scenes of innocence betrayed by barbarity and the violence of war (Plates I-III) with Plates V-VII suggesting redemption through compassion.
Marcus Rees Roberts
A Silence II
Plate 69.8 x 59.5 cm
Etching and aquatint with digital chine collé
Ashmolean Museum; Private Collections
A Silence I-III is one of the first series of etchings in which Rees Roberts used a digital chine collé technique. The lower half of the etched plate depicts an interior - an artist's studio – and the chine collé, which has been heavily worked by the artist on the computer, is a grainy photographic image of anonymous victims of recent conflicts. The dialectic returns to a theme that has preoccupied Rees Roberts for a number of years: the tension between suffering and indifference.
Sheet 58 x 58 cm
Hunt V is one of nine etchings in The Hunt Portfolio. The series relates to a collection of paintings by Hugo Wilson portraying the most primal of all rituals – the hunt. Images of writhing animal forms with snarling teeth, some recognisable but others indistinct, portray immense physical strength but the hunter remains unseen.
Ana Maria Pacheco
Marcus Rees Roberts