Water Dance (Porthmeor) I, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
Water Dance (Porthmeor) I, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Water Dance (Porthmeor) I, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Framed: £1,248

Unframed: £1,080

Artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Date 2003

Medium screen print, 1/70

framed £1248, unframed £1080 4 available

framed size 80 x 80cm, unframed size 56 x 56cm

© Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust . Photo credit Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust


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Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Prints

In her last decade Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) produced an impressive number of prints. Making prints was a liberating experience allowing her to experiment with screens and create complete series of images. New ideas sprang constantly from these variations. Barns-Graham worked so swiftly that she outpaced the printers and several editions were unsigned at the time of her death, while other images remained unprinted. These latter prints, all strictly mapped by the artist, came to be editioned posthumously to enable the completion of the publication The Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Complete Catalogue (Lund Humphries, 2007) by Dr Ann Gunn.

Although Barns-Graham made the occasional etching and linocut in her early years, it was screenprints made with Kip Gresham (Curwen Studio) in 1991 that can be seen as the start of her life as a printmaker. A significant turning point came in 1998 when she was introduced to Carol Robertson and Robert Adam of Graal Press. Robertson’s ground-breaking use of water-based screenprinting ink offered a far greater range of possibilities. These editions capture Barns-Graham’s individual brush marks on acetate and embody the artist’s painting style. The first series, Time, was so successful that she went on to collaborate with Robertson on further editions - Millennium, Sunghrie, Earth - concluding with the White Circle, Wind Dance and Water Dance (Porthmeor) series of 2002 and 2003.

Barns-Graham’s later works reflect a sense of urgency and celebration. There is evident joie de vivre as she - in her own words - “let rip”.  A lifetime’s knowledge and experience of colour can be found in these intense, lively images. In 2001 she states “I want to express the joy and importance of colour, texture, energy and vibrancy, with an awareness of space and construction. As a celebration of life – taking risks so creating the unexpected.”


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