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Monotypes: An Edition of One


April 22-July 8, 2013
McGill Library

Monotypes: An Edition of One are selected works from the Burnaby Art Gallery’s Art Rental, Sales and Framing collection. This exhibition features monotypes by four local artists: Heather Aston, Jamie Evrard, James Mah and Michela Sorrentino.

Monotypes are arguably the most immediate and rewarding printmaking technique available to an artist when creating works on paper and the technique  has often been called the “Painterly Print." Monotypes are a type of print made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface such as metal or glass. Oil or water based inks are used. How the ink is applied and manipulated will be reflected in the print, which is what makes monotypes so unique. While the ink is still wet, the image is transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressure either by hand or with the use of an etching or lithography  press. Each artist in this exhibition approaches the technique from this starting point and then manipulates the medium allowing to freely express their own voice.

Evrard will often transfer her image into rice-paper which is then glued onto a heavier paper support. The piece is then worked with oil pastels resulting in a rich and lush image. Both Aston and Mah use a reductive technique by scraping off areas of the painted plate to create detail. Sorrentino will reprint over previous images creating a multi-layered effect. In each case the artist is using their singular approach to creating works of depth, complexity and beauty. As Evrard has said “ I tried making monotypes and was immediately hooked on the freedom and directness of the medium”

The lower mainland has an active and vibrant community of printmakers, many of whom make monotypes. This exhibition presents a small selection of monotypes from the Burnaby Art Gallery Art Rental and Sales”

Public Program:

Artist Talk: Jamie Evrard
Sunday, June 16, 2 pm
McGill Library
4595 Albert Street, Burnaby | Map
Free public event

Artist Jamie Evrard will discuss the process and history of the monotype, a unique form of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. Evrard will speak about the rediscovery and flourishing of the process in the 20th century, and her own fascination with this form. She will bring prints and various paraphernalia as examples.

Jamie Evrard is a painter and printmaker best known for her lively and colourful explorations of still life and floral paintings using oil paint, monotype and watercolours. Her lush painterly approach to imagery has helped establish a strong reputation across Canada and in the United States. She is represented by the Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver.