In search of the miraculous: 300 years of British prints

McBurnie, Ronald J. (2007) In search of the miraculous: 300 years of British prints.

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Abstract

This exhibition consists of highlights of British prints from the collection of Australian artist printmaker Ron McBurnie. Most of the prints in this exhibition have particular relevance to McBurnie's own printmaking practice, McBurnie has selected works for the exhibition that reveal something unique about a specific ouvre of printmaking - British prints reveal a history of society and art as seen through the eyes of different artists over a 300-year period. The exhibition includes works by William Blake, Samuel Palmer, Edward Calvert, Seymour Haden, Walter Sickert, Gerald Brockhurst and Frank Brangwyn. The exhibition also contains examples of McBurnie's own prints, revealing the influence of British prints on his practice as an artist and a teacher.

Research Statement

Research Background Research for the exhibition was undertaken as a direct response to a personal interest and collection of the history British printmaking between 1740 and 1940. The focus of the study related predominantly to landscape and rural prints that had a direct relationship and influence on the artists own printmaking output since 1988.
Research Contribution The prints selected for exhibition and the supporting didactic information form a clear picture of the history and development of the landscape print from reproductive engraving to original artwork throughout 200 years. The research brings together information on selection of prints from one of the largest private collections of British prints in Australia and makes comparisons with the researchers own creative research.
Research Significance In recent years many researchers have focused on the growing relationship and influences between Australian and the pacific region. The exhibition, In search of the Miraculous investigates the importance of a crucial period in the development of British art, 1740-1940 as an influence on and as a starting point for the continued practice of contemporary art in Australia.
Item ID: 5055
Media of Output: printmaking
Show/Exhibition: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
12 December 2007-17 January 2008
Keywords: art exhibition
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2009 22:41
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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