Tag Archives: Prints

Mark Graver- Undertow



Art at Wharepuke

Jan 7 – Feb 2015

Mark Graver at Art at Wharepuke Gallery NZ

Undertow is a linked series of HD videos, shot from under water looking up towards the sky during rainfall, and photopolymer metal salt etchings.

The concern is to capture the effects of light, shadow and sound at a particular place and point in time. There is no editing other than changing the speed and setting the duration.

The photopolymer etchings are isolated video stills, manipulated in Photoshop then etched into aluminium plates.

The intention is to create a fluid installation using elements of the different mediums to explore connections, similarities and differences between the moving, temporal and the still images and between photographic and traditional printmaking processes.
The series was first shown in the exhibition ‘Combinations’ curated by Mark at the Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Seacourt, Bangor, Northern Ireland in 2014.

Mark Graver is an award winning artist printmaker, founder of the Wharepuke Print Studio and co-director of Art at Wharepuke.  He is author of the A&C Black printmaking handbook, ‘Non-Toxic Printmaking’ (2011, London) and his work is held in many public collections around the world including the V&A Museum, London, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford UK, the National Gallery of Taiwan and in China, Mexico, Portugal, Malaysia and NZ.


Undertow Series Mark Graver

Undertow Series as part of the exhibition ‘Combinations’ at Centre for Contemporary Art, Bangor, Northern Ireland, July 2014

Undertow series 2014 from Mark Graver on Vimeo.


Mark Graver Umbra Sumas in Wellington

Mark Graver – Umbra Sumus
Solander Gallery Wellington
24 Jan – 21 Feb
Mark Graver will present an artists talk at the opening 1.00pm Saturday 24th January followed by opening reception 1.30 to 3.00pm.

Taken from a quote by Horace, ‘Pulvis et umbra sumus’ (we are but dust and shadow) Umbra Sumus is an ongoing project containing photopolymer and acrylic resist etchings, video and sound works.

The work is partly a response to the death, in January 2011, of my father and to the wider human condition. The use of shadows alludes to the movement of light, the passing of time and, ultimately, to mortality. Still images are used for the etchings while the video works allow for an actual temporal experience using the same or similar source material.

Solander Gallery 218 Willis Street, Wellington

Struan Hamilton – Prints at Art at Wharepuke

Struan Hamilton – Prints at Art at Wharepuke

October 1st – November 2nd 2014

Gallery open 7 days – 9.00am – 5.00 pm
190 Kerikeri Road

Struan Hamilton - Prints at Art at Wharepuke
Struan Hamilton – Prints at Art at Wharepuke

Scottish-born Struan Hamilton is the 2D Team Leader for Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, having taken up this position in July 2009. His responsibilities here include the teaching of Fine Art Printmaking to 1st years through to PHD candidates, as well as the day to day running of the department.

He has previously been manager of Belfast Print Workshop, arriving there after stints at Edinburgh and Dundee Print Workshops, and the world-famous Atelier Contrepoint, (formerly Atelier 17), in Paris, where he was assisted the director, Hector Saunier, and leading artist, Sun Sun Yip.

Struan Hamilton

Struan’s work can be found in public and private collections from the House of Lords to hospital trusts, and football clubs to the national arts council as well as local government councils. He also boasts a healthy record of international exhibition.

Struan’s exhibition at Wharepuke features a selection of large scale drypoints on canvas and viscosity etchings.

Art at Wharepuke website

Struan Hamilton
Struan Hamilton
Struan Hamilton
My work draws inspiration from the organic within the man-made environment of the modern city. This duality of existence in shapes and forms creates a dynamic dialogue within my work, which generates a multitude of visual experience for the viewer.I work predominantly in intaglio, specifically viscosity etching, as I feel the ability to push the surface of an etching plate, and be pushed back in turn by it, generates the dynamism required for the aesthetic experience I aim to produce.