Paul Coldwell is Professor in Fine Art at the University of the Arts London. As an artist his work includes prints, sculpture and installation. He has written widely, particularly on printmaking, his most recent publication, Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective was published by Black Dog Publishers. [March 2013]

Stephen Chambers: The Big Country at the Royal Academy

Stephen Chambers, detail from The Big Country; Australia / New Zealand (2012), screenprint, 114 x 231 cm.

The Artists’ Laboratory is an ongoing series of events at the Royal Academy of Arts, now in its sixth incarnation, whose goal is to offer Academicians a chance to open up their practice, take risks and explore fresh ideas, and to show the public less familiar aspects of their work. Read More

The Mechanical Hand: Artists’ Projects at Paupers Press

Mat Collishaw, Insecticide 15 (2009), photogravure etching, 70 x 70 cm. Edition of 35. Printed and published by Paupers Press.

For more than 25 years, Paupers Press in London has been making finely crafted, adventurous, and sometimes eccentric prints with British painters, sculptors and conceptual artists. Their 25th anniversary was recently marked with an exhibition of more than 200 prints at the Gallery in Kings Place, an exhibition space located in the new cultural quarter of Kings Cross in the very centre of London. Read More

The Power of Dreams: Picasso’s Vollard Suite

Pablo Picasso, Two Catalan Drinkers (29 November 1934), plate 12 of The Vollard Suite (VS 12), etching, 23.7 x 29.7 cm. ©Succession Picasso/DACS 2011.

The exhibition “Picasso Prints—The Vollard Suite” at the British Museum is the result of an extraordinary act of generosity through which the complete suite of one hundred etchings that forms the Vollard Suite has been presented to the museum by Hamish Parker in memory of his father. It was a consequence of a conversation he had with the curator of prints and drawings, Stephen Coppell, during which Coppell mentioned in passing his dream for the museum to acquire what is undoubtedly Picasso’s greatest series of etchings. Read More

Witho Worms: Slagheap Beauty

Witho Worms, Dourges I, France (2006), from the series This Mountain That’s Me (2006-2011).Witho Worms, Dourges I, France (2006), from the series This Mountain That’s Me (2006-2011).

Since 2006 Dutch photographer Witho Worms has been documenting coal slagheaps in Northern Europe—in Belgium and France, Germany, Wales, and Poland. He photographs them and then, using coal from the site, makes contact carbon prints from his negatives. Read More

Christiane Baumgartner Between States

Few artists who adopt printmaking as their primary means of expression achieve international critical acclaim. Museums and collectors often prefer prints by artists who have established reputations in painting, sculpture or installation work, their printmaking fitting into an overall hierarchy that values the unique over the multiple. Christiane Baumgartner is an exception, an artist of international stature who has chosen printmaking as her principle activity. Read More