Ménerbes (framed)

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.

Please note that all framed works purchased will be available for collection from the Royal Academy of Arts at the end of the display by appointment with the RA Editions team.

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Artwork details

Colour Multicolour
Dimensions 44.7 x 35.3 cm
Fabric & material Digital Print
Edition 50
Medium Print
Supplier VAT Number GB 627 5993 93

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Artwork description

“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 digital print was made in the RCA Schools print workshop and started life as an idea for a wine label.

In Huxley’s own words: 

“Mervyn and Jeanne Davies own a house in Ménerbes and decided to buy land and enter the wine business.  Their first wine was to be a rosé and I imagined them sitting in the sun during endless summer afternoons with the smell of flowers, the taste of fruit and drinking wine with the seductive tint of rose pink in the clear bottle.  An innocent thought that woefully underestimated the brilliant wine that they eventually produced. [The wine was] of such high quality, and the vineyard increased in status year on year to become one of the world’s top one hundred wine growers.

My label would have been fun, like getting a bit tipsy, but without the gravitas needed to support a seriously superior wine.  The image survives as one of my most lighthearted prints.”

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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