Jun 302010

Just over a year ago, Jack Lowe Studio started making prints with Alistair Hood.  This week I have been making some more but remember being struck in the first instance by Alistair’s style and knack for producing very gentle, quiet portraits…

Shot on the 39 mega-pixel Hasselblad HD39, the detail in these images is, of course, exquisite.  Along with the muted palette, Alistair’s approach makes for simple, elegant imagery.  Printed on Innova’s Smooth Cotton Natural White 315gsm with HP’s Vivera Pigment inkset, the finished prints really are special.

Alistair’s black and white photography invokes similar sentiments.  With such calm, engaging portraiture the viewer could easily feel they are sitting in the room with the subject.  A slightly different approach to printing these portraits, by using Innova’s FibaPrint Warmtone Gloss 300gsm, results in a more ‘analogue’ feel…

If you have a moment, do take a look at a few more of Alistair’s portraits in this gallery.

Jun 282010

The Great North Museum is staging an exhibition honouring thirty years of the Great North Run:

“Explore the history and significance of the Great North Run as we mark 30 years of the world’s most popular half-marathon.  The exhibition features interactive exhibits, films, paintings and celebrity memorabilia and celebrates elite athletes, charity runners and volunteers.

View new commissions by Sir Peter Blake and Claire Leona Apps, alongside artwork by Jane and Louise Wilson, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Graham Dolphin, Julian Germain, Suky Best and others.”

I have been privileged to work with three of those artists—Julian Germain, Suky Best and Graham Dolphin over the years as part of the Great North Run Cultural Programme.

Graham Dolphin’s drawing is typically extraordinary—thousands of pencil lines recording each of Graham’s steps when he took part in the Great North Run.

I painstakingly scanned Graham’s original A1 drawing from which the Archival Pigment Edition Prints were subsequently made:

Jack Lowe Studio also made Archival Pigment Prints for Suky Best for her show at BALTIC:

This exhibition will be well worth a look—an eclectic take on a hugely popular event and a real slice of North Eastern culture…

Jun 152010

Another collaboration to add to the heritage of Alec Finlay and Jack Lowe—Apple Wheel.

A collection of fifty native British apples gathered into the digital world, sampled and juxtaposed into this beautiful, graphic piece.  Lovely on screen and glorious as an A1 Archival Pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm with HP’s Vivera Pigment ink-set.

Spend a moment or three with Alec’s new blog and do also take a look at a previous post of mine on our Sky Wheel to appreciate the lineage of Apple Wheel

Congratulations to Alec, too, on being shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize 2010.

Jun 102010

On 26th April, I posted news that preliminary printing had begun at Jack Lowe Studio of Paul Kenny’s summer show on the Isle of Mull.  Well, printing of these pieces is now nearing completion and Paul’s work is looking as stunning and sumptuous as ever…

Paul Kenny's Summer Show at An Tobar, Mull

The works are made as Archival Digital Pigment prints (sometimes known as ‘Giclée‘) using the extraordinary combination of HP’s Vivera Pigment ink-set and Hahnemühle’s Fine Art Bamboo 290gsm paper.  These prints truly are archival, with permanence standing at greater than 250 years.  Deep, velvety blacks and rich, vivid colours make these very special pieces.

The prints range in size from a jewel-like 16×20″ up to the show-piece image—Iona Triptych—at 28×55″.  These prints really must be seen, and what better excuse is needed to visit the beautiful island of Mull over the summer?  The show, Mull Works, runs at the An Tobar Gallery in Tobermory from 14th July to 28th August 2010.

In the meantime, I have also put together a selection of the work, which you can view by clicking here.

Paul embossing and signing his prints at the studio:

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