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November 25, 2004
U of G launches portfolio with three original works of art
The University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music (SOFAM) is launching its first edition of the University of Guelph Press Portfolio Dec. 3 just before the 7:30 p.m. performance of the SOFAM faculty recital at the River Run Centre.
The portfolio is a limited-edition collection of three original prints by three of Canada’s top painters.
“I’m hoping to create a splash in the larger art community, as well as a bit of a buzz around campus,” said SOFAM director John Kissick. “The University of Guelph Press Portfolio celebrates the very high quality of our program.”
Ash, who has worked with more than 100 Canadian and international artists as master printer for Toronto’s Open Studio and the Ontario College of Art and Design and as U of G’s printmaking technician for the past year, said each print in the portfolio is an original. “These images have an intrinsic value. The artists work directly in the print format, and they’re a limited edition, so we print only a small number, then destroy the plates and screens.”
Because the printing is all done by hand, each individual print has its own nuances. “To produce the etchings, you’re embossing the paper as you’re printing it, so you’re getting very pronounced lines and raised surfaces,” said Ash. “The ink is highly pigmented. There’s a tactile sensibility to these prints that really cannot be reproduced by any media today. You’re pressing against a matrix or screen to physically make an image.”
Kissick plans to offer a University of Guelph Press Portfolio to U of G alumni and the general public each fall. “By the end of five years, there will be 15 University of Guelph Press pieces,” he said. “It will be a fantastic collection of contemporary Canadian art.”
For information on purchasing the portfolio, contact Kissick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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