With the support of the Tyler Graphics team, Frank Stella was able to create innovative prints that radically reinterpreted the possibilities of printmaking processes and materials. One of our favourite stories about working with Stella is Rodney Konopaki’s recollections of using 17,000 Q-tips to remove ink from the intaglio plates for the Swan engravings series. This project, which developed concurrently with the ground-breaking Circuits series, was radical for the way sculptural cut-offs were assembled onto a board to create a […]
Frank Stella’s Circuits series 1982–84 represents a dramatic shift in Stella’s attitude toward printmaking.
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The creation of the three dimensional Moby Dick (domes) series 1992 was one of the most technically challenging printmaking projects that Kenneth Tyler and Stella undertook in over thirty years of collaboration. To achieve their ambition of creating an edition of sculptural prints, Tyler and his team spent nearly six years perfecting a process that literally pushed printmaking into a new dimension.
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It’s been a big week here at the NGA as we’ve busily been installing Frank Stella: The Kenneth Tyler Print Collection.
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This #TechniqueTuesday we’re sharing behind the scenes insight from Workshop: The Kenneth Tyler Collection about Nancy Graves’s first foray into intaglio printing at Tyler Graphics in 1977, where she produced the Synecdoche series
Julia Greenstreet reveals, behind a ‘biting tongue and searing temper’, the exceptional life of artist-philanthropist Joan Mitchell. A rare woman among the American Abstract Expressionists and a guiding star to many that followed, she was a force to be reckoned with and a potent and generous advocate for the arts, finding powerful expression in the way she lived as much as in her work as a painter and printmaker.
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A selection of screenprints from Josef Albers’ Gray Instrumentation II portfolio of 1975 is on display now in the International galleries at the National Gallery of Australia. Here we look back at Albers’s relentless investigation of shades grey and share the poetry that interleaved the portfolio
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A memorial service to celebrate the life of John Hutcheson will be held at on Saturday August 27th at 1pm in the University of North Florida Fine Arts Center Recital Hall to be followed by a reception in the Printmaking Studio.
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It is with heartfelt sadness that we share the news of Master Printer John Hutcheson’s death. John worked at Tyler Graphics for over sixteen years, from 1975–1978 and then from September 1987 until the workshop closed in March 2001. John was a key member of the team as a printer, papermaker and Tyler’s ‘right-hand’ man. He was the Workshop Manager for many years and was responsible for the practical management of the print workshop at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute […]
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Spanning nearly four decades, the history of the Tyler workshops is a rich and complex one, weaving together artists, printers, papermakers, industry collaborators, photographers, writers, film makers, curators, family and friends. Over the years, many of these people sat, mused and even worked in an antique barber’s chair carefully selected by Ken Tyler for the studio. In today’s post, Tyler reveals the story of this unusual workshop fixture. In 1965, when I set up […]
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Anthony Kirk was head of the etching department at Tyler Graphics from 1988 until 2000. Here, Kirk reflects on his experiences at TGL
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Robert Zakanitch – a key exponent of the 1970s Pattern and Decoration movement – arrived at Tyler Graphics in 1979 with little printmaking experience. Despite this, by 1981 he had produced six editions and two large series of unique paper pulp works featuring floral motifs and curvilinear forms in vibrant colours.
For many, Easter conjures up memories of early morning egg hunts and gorging on chocolate. To celebrate we thought we’d share these charming Polaroids from the Kenneth Tyler Photographic Collection which show the Tyler Graphics team and their children mid-hunt on a sunny morning in 1986.