Madame is one half of a pair of fictionalised portraits of fantastical artists created by Hampson. They have their origins in a larger family of anachronistic figures entitled ‘Keepers of the creative muse [the also paint caves]’. Madame and Monsieur are the first etchings Hampson has produced from this set of characters. They have been created by merging digital and autographic drawings and processed through solar plate etching plates that are then inked by hand in single colours and then embossed. Although a committed printmaker and painter since his graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1992, Hampson considers Madame and Monsieur to be the first true etchings he has professionally published.
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- Medium - Etching
- Dimensions - 48 x 38cm
- Edition - 40
About Mark Hampson
Since studying at the Chelsea School of Art and Royal College of Art, painter and printmaker Mark Hampson has held over 20 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 100 group exhibitions. His work has been seen throughout Europe, Asia and the United States at venues including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the William Morris Gallery in London and the Kunst Museum in Vienna.
We played host to Hampson’s recent solo show, Almost Real Art, in the Tennant Gallery in 2012 – 13. Throughout his career, he has received high profile awards including the Bronze medal at the Osaka Triennial, the Krakow print biennale and first prize at the Northern print biennale.
Hampson has had a prolific teaching career, having served as senior tutor in printmaking for 14 years at the Royal College of Art, before joining us as Head of Material Processes in the Royal Academy Schools in 2010. In 2007 he was made a senior fellow of the RCA.
His work is represented in numerous private and public collections including the V&A Museum, The Arts Council of Great Britain, Hyundai Arts Collection, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, Krakow Museum and the Osaka Prefectural Government collection.