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Mauren and Jini Grinwald pulling a printThanks to an exclusive new service from the world’s leading video site artists can now access my printmaking tutorials–formerly available only via download–on YouTube. So they (you) will no longer have to go through the download process. All you need to do is click on a link and start watching them immediately in streaming video, with excellent image quality even in full-screen mode.

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What’s a Gallinero? And why would you want to stay there?

Cathy Naro and Maureen Booth in Maureen's printmaking studio in Granada, Spain

Chicago printmaker, Cathy Naro, who was here last year around this time, has returned for another workshop with Maureen. This time they’re working on combining some of the solar-plate prints Cathy made last time with liquid-metal techniques. (more…)

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Brian Barry of Cork Printmakers is promoting a three-dayfestival of steam-rollered linocuts in Granada this year (place and date to be announced).

 

 

Irish printmaker, Brian Barry, the member of Cork Printmakers who participated in the organization Ireland’s first giant-prints-pressed-with-a-steamroller event, has arrived in Granada with his portable street-festival giant-linocut show. Having spent the past few weeks contacting and organizing local artists he now has enough participants and has ordered big, 80×190 cm., artist’s linoleums. As soon as they arrive the Granada artists will begin carving their images into the linos, which will then be inked with big paint rollers and laid down under paper or fabric to have the image trasferred by means of a standard road-works steam roller. Here’s a link to the new Impresiones Gigantes website, and a video of a similar event staged in Missoula, Montana last year.

Sounds like a lot of fun. We’ll keep you posted.

What’s a Gallinero? And why would you want to stay there?

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Wall mural by El Niño de las Pinturas on the Cuesta la Escoriaza in Granada

Granada doesn’t have a contemporary art museum, but it has one of the finest grafitti artists in the world, Raúl Ruiz, El Niño de las Pinturas. (Here’s his web site.)  Raúl started painting on Granada’s walls in the 1990s. Over the past two decades, besides adorning his home town with a distinguished collection of wall art, always while dodging Granada’s municipals,  he’s been invited to take his work to the walls of Portugal, Holland, Italy, Venezuela, Hungary, Belgium, France, among other places. Well-documented followers calculate that Raúl has more than 2,000 murals all over the world.

El Niño de las Pinturas, grafitti in Granada

His work is both idealistic and poetic, and tends to feature brief prose poems done in exquisite calligraphy along with evocative scenes of infancy and adolescence, scenes which sow tenderness and solidarity wherever he works. These human elements are contrasted with the voracious metaphoric gears and train wheels that permeate industrial society.

Grafitti by Raúl Ruiz, El Niño de las Pinturas, on the Cuesta la Escoriaza in Granada
Raúl says:

“Cansado de las mismas respuestas,decidi cambiar mis preguntas”
“¿son números lo que tu alma nutre?”
“¿quizás el materialismo se está apoderando de nuestras almas? ”
“¿Qué hacer con juegos que siempre se pierden?”
“…sólo quien a renunciado a la victoria y a la derrota encuentra su camino… “
“…y haciendo cosas que rompo para arreglarlas y volver a romperlas paso mi tiempo…”
“y el tiempo se acaba…y la vida no espera…”
“el mundo está oscuro…ilumina tu parte…”
“Y donde miro si ojos no tengo…”

Tired of the same old answers, I decided to change my questions
is it numbers that your soul nourishes?
Perhaps materialism is devouring our souls,
What shall we do with games that are always getting lost?
only one who renounces victory and defeat can find his way…
making things that I break, just to mend them, then break them again, I spend my time…
and time runs out… life doesn’t wait…
the world is dark… enlighten your part…
Where do I look if I don’t have eyes?

What’s a Gallinero? And why would you want to stay there?

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"Flyers" print using etching and liquid-metal techniques.It was autumn and the air was full of things flying around. What flies around my garden ends up flying around my head. This was the first print in which I mixed etching and liquid-metal techniques. First I varnished the zinc plate and etched the drawing. Then I added a soft ground and pressed different elements into it to achieve texture and content. Finally I used Nural 21 liquid metal to create the bird, which stands out in relief. There is no aquatint on this plate.

This Voladores print was exhibited at the National Arts Club in New York in 2010, part of an exhibit mounted by tireless printmaking advocate, Stephen Fredericks, and the New York Society of Printmakers.

What’s a Gallinero? And why would you want to stay there?

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Cathy Naro, Maureen Booth in Maureen's printmaking studio in Granada, Spain

Cathy and Maureen review one of Cathy's new prints in Maureen's studio in Granada

In my Liquid Metal Printmaking video I use a two-tube epoxy adhesive (“cold metal solder”) called “Nural 21″ sold by a Spanish firm called Pattex. As it turned out, this product is not available in the U.S.A. and some American artists have been frustrated trying to find a suitable substitute. Now Cathy Naro has found it. I’ll let her tell you about it: (more…)

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City of Light

"City of Light," a liquid-metal print by Maureen Booth

This print, which I made 8-10 years ago, was actually made for a commission, the biggest one I ever got. (Some day I’ll tell you how I got it.) The client was a Parisian real-estate company with 1,000 employees and they wanted Christmas presents for all of them. The only condition was that the images had to be versions of the buildings they were making in La Defense quarter, outside of Paris. They accepted all of the prints except this one. It seemed that the architect had changed the look of the building, and this print was no longer a true representation.

No matter, I editioned it myself and introduced it into my own distribution channels. Over the years it has been an excellent seller, something I never expected from a print of an office building!

This is a liquid-metal print (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E5iZYs52bM) and I think it’s the unique qualities that this technique offers which have made it successful.

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These (rather disordered) snapshots should give you an idea of what our village and its environs are like. You might like it here.

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Wondering what Granada has to offer visitors. Here’s a quick overview:

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Anglo-Spanish artist, Maureen BoothGranada, Spain, August 25, 2001–With her soon-to-be-released collection of Printmaking Master Class download videos, Granada-based Anglo-Spanish artist, Maureen Booth, is taking the next step in her 30-year career as a fine-art printmaker, editor and educator. “For the past couple of years, ever since we built my Gallinero creative residence, I’ve been teaching more printmaking workshops than ever,” says Maureen. “Artists arrive from around the world to do workshops and one-on-one collaborative printmaking projects with me. Unfortunately, there’s not enough time for me to attend everyone. Also, as my studio is located in rural Spain, I’m a bit out of the way for many artists who want to perfect their printmaking techniques. So these videos are a way of reaching those people.”

The first step in the Printmaking Master Classes project was to shoot the first five videos and a trailer in Maureen’s Pomegranate Editions studio, located in a village in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains outside of Granada. The trailer will be posted on YouTube and other online video platforms with free access in mid-September, 2001. The full-length videos will be offered for sale as downloads. “If these first five videos are successful,” says Maureen, “we can make more. Every time we do a video recording session new ideas arise.”

Maureen Booth, master printmakerThe five videos are entitled:

  • Make Prints Like the Old Masters–Traditional Printmaking, Part I
  • It’s Easy to Make a (Bad) Solar-Plate Print–Solar-Plate Printmaking Secrets
  • Nice Plate, How Are You Going to Print It?–Creative Printing
  • The Fine-Art Printmakers Logo–How to Make a Chop
  • Turning Epoxy Solder into Art– Liquid Metal Printmaking

The idea for the Printmaking Master Classes project came from filmmaker and video producer, Juan Carlos Romera. “We’ve been friends with Juan Carlos for many years,” says Maureen. “A few years ago I played the part of an English printmaker who falls in love with a Spanish fisherman in Bive, one of Juan Carlos’s short films. So, a few months ago he shows up with an ambitious new project to make printmaking instruction videos and offer them as downloads on Internet. One cup of coffee later we were partners.

Maureen Booth, from Manchester, U.K., has been making fine-art prints in her Granada studio since the early 1980’s. In those 30 years she has passed through all the stages of a young artist’s progress from beginner to master printmaker and editor. “I was lucky in the beginning,” she says, “to be selected to study in the etching workshop of the Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation in Granada. I was actually doubly lucky as I worked under the guidance of the maestro José García Lomas. Pepe Lomas was the ideal mentor, a gentle soul and a true European master, formed in the some of the finest Italian and Catalan print studios.

Maureen's presentation for her "Making a Chop" videoAfter the Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation workshop closed in 1981 Maureen had the opportunity to purchase one of the etching presses with all the trimmings—custom-built tables, flattening press, drying racks, rollers, inks and papers—and set up her own printmaking workshop in her painting studio at home. Printmaking soon took over.

Maureen’s desire is that these new videos might be useful to both amateur and professional printmakers, and that they might make a small contribution towards extending printmaking culture among artists and art lovers around the world.

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