no 5

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.

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Artwork details

Colour Blue
Dimensions 78 x 72 cm
Fabric & material Lithograph
Edition 75
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 print is one of a pair of lithographs titled ‘no 5’ and ‘no 6’ which were made by Huxley at the invitation of stained-glass artist Patrick Reyntiens, who owned Burleighfield House near High Wycombe.

In Huxley's own words:

“I was quite demanding in my insistence to achieve bright, luminous and unbroken fields of colour, something that I had discovered six years previously was quite a challenge with lithographic stones outside of commercial printing and before the common use of silkscreen printing.

Paintings that inspired these prints, called the Key Series, were made shortly after my return from three year’s working in New York when I invented the idea of cross referencing within the picture. 

The cluster of coloured sections in the upper right corners act as a kind of key to the larger dark shapes that dominate the main composition.”

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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