Contemporary Printmaking

Please select from the artworks below to view contemporary prints from the permanent collection including some fine examples of Scottish prints:

An image or design impressed or stamped on a support such as paper or fabric. The term encompasses a wide range of techniques used to produce multiple versions of an original design.

Drypoint, engraving, etching, Japanese prints, lithography, mezzotint, screenprinting, woodcut, wood-engraving, monoprinting are a selection of methods.

The word ‘print’ is employed to refer to a number of different printed objects. Before the invention of photomechanical methods of reproduction, all prints were produced and printed by hand and were either ‘original’ or ‘reproductive’. Since then, however, most printed images have been mechanical reproductions, and prints made as individual art objects are almost the only ones now made by hand.

The distinction made between ‘original’ and ‘reproductive’ prints is controversial. From the aesthetic point of view, it matters if the artist’s personal touch adds an important quality to the ‘original’ print — especially if exploration of graphic media affects the artist’s style. With geometric, hard-edged prints, originality is of less importance because of the impersonal finish.
 

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