Ben Thomas is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Kent and Curator of Kent’s Studio 3 Gallery. His publications on prints range from the early modern period to the contemporary, and include The Paradox of Mezzotint (2008), In Elysium: Prints By James Barry (2010) and Paul Coldwell: A Layered Practice (2013). [May 2015]

The Early Prints of Marcus Rees Roberts

Marcus Rees Roberts, The Dour Life I (1980), etching and aquatint, image 19.5 x 15.5 cm. Edition of 6. Printed by the artist, London and Edinburgh. Image courtesy of Pratt Contemporary, London.

Though he remains little known in the United States, Marcus Rees Roberts has for four decades been one of the most challenging and rewarding British artists working in print. The recent etchings for which he is best known, like By the Black Window (2014), are characterized by ambiguity and poetic compression, their sources and allusions veiled in dense and brooding ink. Read More

Paul Coldwell: A Layered Practice— Graphic Works 1993–2012

Paul Coldwell, Border I (2002), inkjet, image 52 x70 cm, sheet 65 x 80 cm. Edition of 7. Printed and published by the artist, London.

We take for granted today as indispensable means the rectangular form of the sheet of paper and its clearly defined smooth surface on which one draws and writes. But such a field corresponds to nothing in nature or mental imagery where the phantoms of visual memory come up in a vague unbounded void. —Meyer Schapiro When I visited his London house to prepare for the retrospective exhibition “A Layered Practice—Graphic Works 1993–2012,” the eminent British artist Paul Coldwell showed me an old-fashioned etching press in a ground-floor room looking onto the garden. Read More