Printmaking, an art too!

Printmaking, an art too!

Lalit Kala Akademi recently hosted an international exhibition of contemporary Polish print making. The initiative taken by the renowned Engeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Art and Design (EGAFAD) in Wroclaw, Poland was supported by the embassy of the Republic of Poland.

Prints on display at the recently concluded printmaking exhibition.

More than 160 artworks created by nearly 100 leading Polish artists chosen from seven academics of fine arts in Poland namely Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Lodz, Polnan, Warsow and Wroclaw were on display.

Most of the artists included in the exhibition were professors and educators within Poland’s highly selective artistic institutions. The artists presented various traditional print-making techniques such as Mezotint, Stone Lithography, linocent and etchings which also explored boundaries of new territories such as digital mixed media. Universal themes such as ecology, love, war, beauty, international dilemas have also been touched upon.

The purpose behind the exhibition was to make people aware of new techniques in the world of art. “It is very popular in the countries outside but in India, very few people know about Polish printmaking. This too is a form of art and we wanted to make people aware of the same,” said Tanveer Ajasi, of Lalit Kala Akademi.

The exhibition was curated by Professor Christopher Nowicki of EGAFAD, an academy known for painting, sculpture, graphic and media arts, interior architecture and design, ceramics and glass faculties.

Nowicki mentioned that the intent behind the exhibition was to bring together printmakers.

“Printmaking is constantly evolving as artists continue to challenge themselves and society continues to change, always providing new inspiration,” says Nowicki. “There is a growing appreciation of older methods of printmaking now even as some other Western countries have accepted newer digital techniques,” he said.

“The quality of prints displayed are exceptional and it is a great privilege for the Indian art fratenity. We are considering taking the exhibition to other regional centres of the Lalit Kala Akademi,” remarked an official of the Akademi. There will be a reciprocal art initiative taken by the Lalit Kala Akademi in Poland in 2013.

The International Poster Biennale that gathers graphic designers from around the world including Brazil, Japan, China and most European countries and some from US, will take place in Warsaw in the Museum of Poster and organisers are hopeful that there will be entries from India too.

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