John McGowan - Printmaker

Original Prints from an Original Printmaker


 

Waifs & Strays


During my long career as an art teacher there were some print projects were started and then abandoned, usually through lack of time. Others, like ‘Lunch with Thursie’, did reach an uncertain conclusion. The prospect of the recent Exhibition, ‘From Stripes to Signal Boxes’ made me decide to rescue those abandoned ideas.
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‘Lunch with Thursie’ (2018)


Screenprint in 5 colours on Somerset Satin
Limited Edition of 10 size 76x56 cms, Image size 56x43 cms

‘Lunch with Thursie’ represents the conclusion of the longest and most revised image in my printmaking history. It started in the mid-1980s with photographs, drawings, watercolours and colour pencil sketches. It has passed through 4 different versions of the image until I decided to bring ‘Thursie’ – Thurston Laidlaw Shoosmith - into the picture. His painting of a Flour Mill sits in the top left of the picture, where it used to hang in our Northampton home.
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‘Washday Blues’ (2018)


Screenprint in 2 colours on Somerset Satin Limited Edition of 2
Paper size 76x56 cms, Image size 42x60 cms

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‘Washday Blues’ (2018)


Screenprint in 5 colours on Somerset Satin Limited Edition of 5
Paper size 76x56 cms, Image size 42x60 cms

‘Washday Blues’ started as response to a lithograph by Edouard Vuilliard called the ‘Kitchen’, in it a lady sits polishing her plates after washing them up. I decided to stage a similar scene in our kitchen with my sceptical wife playing the part of a washerwoman. It has taken some 25 years It has taken some 25 years for the photo-joiner to be

It has taken some 25 years for the photo-joiner to be translated into a print.
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Casa Guell (2018)


Screenprint in 6 colours on Somerset Satin Limited Edition of 10
Paper size 76x56 cms, Image size 62x40 cm

This print is based on a photo-joiner made soon after a visit to Barcelona. Gaudi’s architecture impressed, none more so than the roof of Casa Guell, with its beautifully sculpted and decorated chimney pots. The artist’s feet feature in the foreground as a little tribute to David Hockney, who developed the notion of joiners in the early 1980s.
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Still-Life with Clay Bust (2018)


Lino Print in one Colour on Somerset Satin Variants on different papers

This Lino cut has been waiting in the wings for 12 years to be cut and printed. Based on a continuous line drawing (you don’t take your pencil off of the paper whilst making the drawing) it contains the loops and returns in the original sketch. The bust is set against the complexities of a rubber plant and an assembly of favourite objects. I wanted the print to have some of the directness of the original drawing.

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