Is printmaking a cheat's way of escaping the rigours of painting and drawing, or is it one of the greatest means of artistic expression? Certainly artists from Rembrandt to Picasso were fascinated by the medium (or media) and they had more limited techniques at their disposal than are available today. But you don't need an expensive press or complicated equipment to produce interesting prints. Black paint, paper, pencil and a rolling pin (or even a potato) can provide hours of enjoyment and experiment, and remarkable results. The next BAR exhibition at the Gallery at Willesden Green will concentrate on prints: monoprints, etchings, screenprints, lithographs, lino and woodcuts prints combined with other media Written by Ruth Kitching
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