by Paul Huxley RA
This work is part of the Keeper’s House display Paul Huxley RA: Accidental Printmaker, on show in The Sir Hugh Casson Room from 12 September 2019.
|Dimensions||75 x 71cm|
|Fabric & material||Screenprint|
|Supplier VAT Number||GB 627 5993 93|
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“The prints I have made are scattered over the six decades I have been working and reflect a somewhat serendipitous insight into the ideas and themes I have developed in my painting.”
Paul Huxley RA, 2019
Paul Huxley’s multi-disciplinary practice includes painting, sculpture and printmaking. Perhaps best known for his paintings, printmaking has accidentally become an important aspect of his life’s work.
By the time Huxley entered the Royal Academy Schools at the age of seventeen, he had been thoroughly trained in the three central methods of printmaking; etching, lithography and block printing. The Royal Academy Schools at the time had no facilities for printmaking and Huxley turned his focus to painting.
On his first visit to the United States in 1964, Huxley was reminded of the power of printmaking during a visit to Tatyana Grosman’s workshop on Long Island, when he saw prints by American artists including Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman and Jasper Johns. One year later, and five years after graduating from the RA Schools, Huxley was invited to make a set of lithographs and started printmaking again.
Since then, Huxley has made prints whenever the chance has presented itself and printmaking has become a substantial portion of his artistic output. Accidental Printmaker is a display of Huxley’s favourite prints from 1965 -2019 and forms a retrospective of this significant part of his practice.
This print is one of a series of three: Hong, Haung and Lan which are titled with the Mandarin words for the three colours which dominate each image: red, yellow and blue.
Huxley was invited by Nicolette Kwok, the founder of Red Mansions, to make a trip to China as part of their cultural exchange programme. Although he had lived for a period on the edge of Chinatown in New York, he found that he was unprepared for the visual impact of urban China.
In Huxley’s words:
“I knew immediately what I wanted to do and that was to appropriate some of the bold Chinese characters used in public signage and advertising that bombards you as part of everyday street life and make them part of my paintings.
I’ve always held that an artist needs to be the best-informed authority on his/her own work but on embarking on this long series of paintings and prints, I freely admit that I was entering a risky territory of language and meanings beyond my own understanding, on top of which I freely adapted and distorted my source material to suit the geometry of my own work.”
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About Paul Huxley RA
Paul Huxley RA studied at Harrow School of Art (1951-1956) followed by the Royal Academy Schools (1956-1960). He taught at the Royal College of Art and was appointed Professor Emeritus in 1998.
A member of the Royal Academy of Arts since being elected a Royal Academician in 1987, Paul Huxley RA acted as the Treasurer from 2000 to 2014 and served... Go to artist page