Archive 2006 -2013

An archive of Mark Graver’s selected print works from 2006 to 2013.

Here you can see some of the older print works and series I’ve made at the Wharepuke Print Studio.  Many of the themes, imagery and mark making explored in these earlier works have continued through into my current practice.  Most of the work is made using non-toxic printmaking acrylic resist etching techniques often combined with drypoint, chine-colle and carborundum.

2013

The Hay Wain
The Hay Wain

This collagraph/carborundum print is based on John Constable’s painting the Hay Wain.  The print, in 4 sections, is the same size as the original painting and was made for the installation Constable Country shown at Art at Wharepuke.

Caprea
Caprea

2012

Shadowplay Triptych
Shadowplay Triptych
Fenestra
Fenestra

2011

In January 2011 my father died.  I knew I wanted to make work for him, for me, to try and come to terms with his passing.  It took a lot of failing and ultimately led to the series Umbra Sumus, and Time SlidesThe first successful works were the Salix Series, a set of 3 acrylic resist etchings based on the form of the Salix Caprea (weeping willow) tree that we planted in Dad’s memory at my family home in St. Albans.  A Yen Ben lemon tree was planted in NZ which referenced by the yellow colour in Salix II.

Salix I
Salix I
Salix II 2011acrylic resist etching 600x500mm
Salix II
Salix III
Salix III

 

Bird
Bird
Bird II
Bird II

2010

The main series of work made in 2010 was The Harbin Series.  A set of 26 acrylic resist etchings based on Chinese character forms.  Other works (below) included the triptych Black Light, and Petition made for the exhibition Visions of Utopia curated by Warren Feeney at the  Cathedral and the Centre of Contemporary Art in Christchurch, NZ.  The work features facsimile signatures of 18th and 19th century British radical thinkers, writers and worker’s rights activists such as  Levellers, Diggers and Chartists.

Black Light triptych
Black Light triptych
Petition
Petition

2009

Nympheas Series

These are 3 plate, one for each colour, acrylic resist etchings 500 x 900mm. based on Monet’s, Nympheas (water lily) paintings housed in the Orangerie in Paris .

Nympheas I
Nympheas I
Nympheas II
Nympheas II
Nympheas III
Nympheas III

2008

TM 2008 carborundum,drypoint,chine-colle,collagraph 295 x 585 mm
T.M – collagraph, carborundum, drypoint, chine-colle,295 x 585mm
Minerva - acrylic resist etching 900 x 500 mm
Minerva – acrylic resist etching 900 x 500 mm
Minerva II -acrylic resist etching 900 x 500 m
Minerva II -acrylic resist etching 900 x 500 mm
Eternal - acrylic resist etching - 1175 x 600mm
Eternal – acrylic resist etching – 1175 x 600 mm
Decades - acrylic resist etching - 1175 x 600mm
Decades – acrylic resist etching – 1175 x 600 mm

Tolpuddle Series 2007

Made in tribute to the Tolpuddle Martyrs and now in collection at the Tolpuddle Museum in Dorset, England, the Tolpuddle Series is a set of six white ground etchings on copper 200 x 122mm.

The Casa Series 2006

The Casa Series is a set of collagraphs made using carborundum powder.  The images are based on plan views of hotel rooms my partner and I stayed in while travelling around Mexico in 2001. They are all 240 x 240mm.