Aberystwyth Printmakers Print Collectors Club

Established in 2013, Aberystwyth Printmakers Print Collector's Club is a scheme that provides members of the public opportunity to purchase high quality Original Prints at affordable prices. Working in collaboration with Master Printer Paul Croft, so far to date, the internationally renowned Welsh artist Mary Lloyd Jones,  Ian Phillips (who is fast becoming one of the UK's leading printmakers), and local painter Karen Pearce have contributted to the scheme.

Generally artists invited to participate in the scheme are asked to make a lithograph that reflects their own art practice. Drawing directly on to stone and / or plate, the images are processed and proofed by Croft and subsequently are printed in limited editions of around 25 - 40 impressions. As the images are proofed the artist decides upon the number of colour runs required and indicates which papers are preferred. Whilst prints undoubtedly are based upon sketches made by the artists - these prints are drawn as independent original images and are not considered as reproductions.

This year's artist for Aberystwyth Printmakers Print Collectors Club 2016 is Stuart Evans. As curator of the Collections and Exhibition Designer at the Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth, much of Stuart's artistic output reflects his curiosity and knowledge of local history, which not surprisingly is closely associated with maritime history, boat building, shipping and trading. Inspired by the tremendous range of artefacts at the museum, Stuart is perhaps best known for his black and white hand-coloured linocuts of boats. Based upon some of the superb models and paintings to be found at the museum, these colourful prints help to narrate some of the epic journeys made by these vessels, their captains and crew.

The Edith Eleanor - which is the subject of this print is no exception. Produced as a combined lithograph and linocut with handcolouring, this print depicts the last boat to have ever been built in Aberystwyth in 1881- the 81-foot long three masted schooner - The Edith Eleanor.  Captained by William Thomas Jones, this ship travelled as far south to the Mediteranean and as far west as the coast of Labrador - trading Welsh slate and timber for fish and salt. The ship finally met its end in the Bristol Channel in 1921.

Further information about Stuart Evans can be found at:http://www.stuartevans.eu/about/about

Previous Print Club Artists

Karen Pearce (2015) known for her dramatic landscape paintings of Aberystwyth and the surrounding countryside of mid and West Wales, for this original lithograph, Karen has drawn the iconic Stone Jetty and breakwater at Aberystwyth Harbour - producing a beautiful print that echoes some of her best known paintings of the same subject. Drawn with lithographic crayon, this six-run lithograph has been produced in collaboration with Master Printer Paul Croft, printed by hand from stone and from plate in a limited edition of only 30 impressions - available - ten of each - on Rives Tan, Cream or Grey. Further information about Karen can be found on her website at: http://www.karen-pearce.com

Mary Lloyd Jones (2013) whose paintings are to be found in major collections throughout the UK and Ireland, has made several prints in her career and has worked with a number of printers at different workshops - including the famous Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, USA. The print Moel Famau 2013 by Mary is a five-run screenprint and lithograph with hand colouring. The edition was printed in 40 impressions - of which only four are still available. Further information about Mary Lloyd Jones can be found at: http://www.marylloydjones.co.uk

For Ian Phillips (2014), who works principally in linocut, this was an opportunity for him to try a completely new medium and it was curious to see how his approach to drawing and planning was affected by use of crayon and tusche in lithography. Creiglyn 2014 by Ian Phillips was printed as a five-run lithograph - printed from stone and plate in an edition of 30 impressions (20 available). During the last few years Ian has been involved with Pine Feroda, an unique collective of five artists based in Devon and Cornwall, working together to produce collaborative prints on a huge scale - these prints have been a knockout success at this year's Royal Academy Exhibition in London.

Further information about Ian Phillips can be found at: http://www.reliefprint.co.uk/index.html Information about the Pine Feroda collective of artists can be found at http://www.pineferoda.co.uk

All income raised through the sale of these prints helps Aberystwyth Printmakers to continue promoting printmaking, run classes and provide facilities for printmakers living in Aberystwyth, mid and West Wales.

For further information and to reserve and purchase any of the prints from Aberystwyth Printmakers Collector's Club, please contact Paul Croft at puc@aber.ac.uk