The fourteen Bodenpress artists whose work will be shown in The Poetics of Print exhibition have taken their inspiration from John Betjeman’s poetry, particularly ’Metroland’. These nostalgic poems which have a sense of humour and a serious undertone reflect travel and life along the Metropolitan line, and have been interpreted in a contemporary and vibrant way by the artists.
Metroland - the area reached by the Metropolitan Line which connects the ‘smoke’ to the ‘suburbs’ - is where most of the artists hail from. Living and working in Buckinghamshire they have been exhibiting together for over ten years. Bodenpress is a small printmaking studio in Chesham where artists create works using traditional and modern methods.
This group exhibition showcases a variety of printmaking techniques such as Polymer etching, Linocut, Collagraph, Drypoint, Monotype and Screenprint. The work is varied in style, some figurative, some architectural, and each artist uses Betjeman’s poems to create their compositions with great variety and colour. All the work is uniform in size with each artist’s interpretations showing in similar white frames for a pleasing exhibition layout.
Printmaking is an intriguing art form, with many techniques and processes used to create original fine art prints. Some are unique, others are part of a small limited edition, and all are hand inked. These are for sale along with a catalogue that has been produced for the exhibition.
The artists have exhibited together in various galleries and art spaces, including Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury, and have had works in national print shows such as at Bankside Gallery, Mall Galleries and the Royal Academy in London. Highgate Gallery is an ideal space for The Poetics of Print as the area has an important connection to Betjeman where he lived and went to school as a young boy.
Talks – The Poetics of Print 1 June & 8 June, 6 - 7pm
June 1st - Andrew Martin 'Betjeman and the Metropolitan Line’
June 8th - Mark Ovenden 'Transforming London’s Look: 150 years of London Underground design’.
Details and to book tickets: www.hlsi.net. £5 each (non-members).
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or to see more Bodenpress literary work visit www.bodenpress.co.uk