1 Burnham Chase
This is a lovely show to be enjoyed in the warm friendliness for which The First Gallery is known. We will open readily by appointment at times other than set hours.
8th - 29th March 2003N.B. fixed hours only apply for first week
Sat 8th - Sun 16th incl.2 - 7pm, or by appt.
Mon 17th - Sat 29thby appointment at any pre-arranged time
Friday 7th March6 - 9 pm
Sunday 30th March11am - 2pm
What's original about original prints?
All the prints in this event are works originated by artists, using print-methods that are accepted art-media in their own right. If a work is conceived as a print and made by the same artist, 'The First' Gallery considers it "original". As such, printmaking has a long, honourable history. Artistic luminaries such as Rembrandt and Degas took the print to a high plane of creative and emotional intensity.
Most "prints" are reproductions of existing art-works, using techniques from high-volume 4-colour process, or photocopying. To fuel demand for investment-collecting, the art-trade promotes the idea of "limited editions". These are usually made, with an artist's approval, by skilled technicians whose results the artist signs: they are then plugged as "original". in fact, all artists' prints are "limited", as no-one can handproduce identical items in such quantities. As it's normal for a plate to wear, each specimen is never exactly the same over a long printrun. Some artists even encourage the idea of variations within an edition, e.g. a collograph-plate can be rearranged after every 'pull'.
Printmaking has to move on, exploiting new technologies, so digital photographs and giclées are on offer alongside works in traditional media, such as etching and lithography.
Many different print-methods lithography, photography, monoprints, etching, collography, screen-printing, etc. Price range c.£25 - £180+
N.B. if coming to see a particular artist, it's advisable to ring to check their availability
Like many of his time, Mattinson was an all-rounder, collecting and annotating prints, doing cabinet-making, observing botany; he epitomised the cultured, ethical Victorian middle-class gentleman. There isn't space at "The First" to hang the entire tour from which
watercolours drawings plans artefacts
Although ARTHUR MATTINSON (1853-1932) was actively involved in the design of the Blackpool Tower, this exhibition focuses mainly on his art made with no eye to public exposure: early training drawings, fine pen-&-ink and pencil studies and, above all, some 50 years of watercolours. Displaying command of a subtle variety of techniques, these track his artistic growth from student to assured disciple of the masters of the English watercolour school.
Like many of his time, Mattinson was an all-rounder, collecting and annotating prints, doing cabinet-making, observing botany; he epitomised the cultured, ethical Victorian middle-class gentleman. There isn't space at "The First" to hang the entire tour from whichArchitect at Leisure is drawn, but an extra room will be devoted to the architectural aspects, including plans and construction-details of the Tower, and photographs of the Lancashire and Cheshire halls he drew, as they were, or are, more recently.
Mattinson had a warm, affectionate nature hidden under a reticent exterior. His modesty led him to turn-down a one-man show at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, saying he did not think his work good enough. You can now make an unbiased judgement. With many works for sale, it is likely to be the last time so many will be assembled together.
Sat. 15th - Sat. 22nd November
2 - 7pm daily, incl Sunday 16th
with Open Morning Sunday 23rd 11am-2pm