Multiplied is the UK’s only contemporary editions fair, with exhibitors ranging from established galleries representing high-profile artists to start-up spaces and artists’ collectives. Here, five exhibitors from the upcoming fair share their experiences of Multiplied and offer a tantalising glimpse of things to come.
‘We always enjoy exhibiting at Multiplied for its strong focus and fabulous location,’ says Karen Demuth, Head of Graphics at Flowers Gallery. ‘The fair attracts new, fresh talent and is the perfect platform for us to present our latest editions.’
Carol Robertson, Copan #16, 2015. Monoprint © Carol Robertson, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery, London and New York
Limited edition prints by gallery artists such as Betsy Dadd, Nicola Hicks, Tom Hammick, Freya Payne and Carol Robertson will feature in Flowers Gallery’s 2015 exhibit, alongside a new multiple by Patrick Hughes and photography by Boomoon. During his year as the Artist in Residence at the English National Opera, painter and printmaker Tom Hammick produced a new series of woodcuts, monotypes and etchings, some of which will be exhibited at Multiplied for the first time.
Tom Hammick, Crowd Control, 2015. Woodcut, edition of 20. © Tom Hammick, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery, London and New York
‘We also bring our long history of publishing to Multiplied,’ says Demuth. ‘This year we will be showing work by Terry Frost RA (1915–2003), a British abstract artist who worked in St. Ives, Cornwall, coinciding with the event of his centenary.’
Terry Frost, Newlyn Blue Q, 1995. Screenprint © The estate of Sir Terry Frost, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery, London and New York
Holding prints by Thérèse Oulton, Lucian Freud and many other artists who have used the studio, as well as works by exciting emerging talents, londonprintstudio is the capital’s leading printmaking studio/gallery complex and a familiar presence at Multiplied.
John Phillips, Vanitas 1, 2015. Photographic digital print, open edition. Courtesy of londonprintstudio, London
‘Multiplied has been a great experience,’ says John Phillips of londonprintstudio. ‘We meet all sorts of people who are interested in prints and multiples.’
Moreover, for two years running, two of the studio’s artists — John Phillips and Chisato Tamabayashi — have been among the top sellers at the fair in terms of the number of prints sold.
Gareth Hayward, Pointer Dark Grey, 2015. Inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper, edition of 50. © Gareth Hayward, Courtesy of londonprintstudio, London
This year, londonprintstudio is launching a collection of new work that will showcase photography as a central part of the creative printmaking process, featuring pieces by John Phillips and Margaret Ashman.
A collection of smaller works including exquisite pop-ups by Chisato Tamabayashi will also be offered.
Showing at Multiplied for the first time this year, Nottingham Contemporary is one of Britain’s leading centres for contemporary art. David Hockney, Thomas Demand, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Mika Rottenberg, Carol Rama and Mark Leckey are just some of the artists who have had solo exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary in recent years.
‘This year at Multiplied, we are delighted to showcase a number of limited editions made by artists who have exhibited with us,’ says Gareth Philippou of Nottingham Contemporary. ‘All proceeds from the sales of these works will support our artistic and educational programmes, which attract 180,000 visitors a year.’
Glenn Ligon, Untitled (America), 2015. 5-colour screenprint, edition of 50. Image courtesy of Nottingham Contemporary and the Artist
One of the highlights is a screenprint by Glenn Ligon, which revisits one of his iconic ‘America’ neons. The black and white tones appear reversed, and Ligon’s transfer of the image by steam iron creates a distressed effect.
‘The edition of 50 sold very quickly after going on sale earlier this year,’ says Philippou, ‘but we are pleased to announce that five of these prints have been kept back and will be available to purchase at Multiplied.’
‘Steve Claydon’s print, in an edition of just 17, is made from actual squid ink’
Further highlights include Anne Collier’s double exposure image of Faye Dunaway, camera in hand, from the 1978 film Eyes of Laura Mars. American-Iranian LA-based artist Tala Madani is one of the most original painters to have emerged in the past few years and her screenprint Paper Feed is a characteristically comic exploration of all-male power play rituals; while Steve Claydon’s print, in an edition of just 17, is made from actual squid ink. Featuring the former Thames & Hudson logo, it was produced on the occasion of Aquatopia at Nottingham Contemporary and Tate St Ives.
Pablo Bronstein, Chatsworth Sauce Tureen in Silver, 2015. Hand-coloured etching, edition of 60. Image courtesy of Nottingham Contemporary and the Artist
‘Our latest limited edition is an etching by Pablo Bronstein that depicts a magnificent sauce tureen in the shape of Chatsworth House,’ says Philippou. ‘The work harks back to the Grand Tour when silverware was produced in the form of famous classical buildings in Italy as souvenirs.’
Bronstein’s witty and erudite drawings and etchings are highly sought-after, and each etching in this edition is hand-coloured by the artist.
Sarah Gillett, Argonaut from Blueprints: Acoustics; Actinozoa; Air Pump; Alphabet; Altitude; Anchors; Aquaducts; Argonaut; Arm, 2015. Cyanotype, edition of 15. Image courtesy the Artist. Main image: Michelle Avison, Re-pool I (Vertical), 2015. Monotype, relief, chine-colle, edition of 1. Image Courtesy of the Artist
Another first-time exhibitor at Multiplied, SLAUGHTERHAUS Print Studio is a small printmaking collective in South London offering an eclectic programme of teaching, talks, open studios and workshops. Their inaugural Multiplied exhibit will feature work by studio artists Michelle Avison (who founded SLAUGHTERHAUS in 2011), Sarah Gillett, Claire Willberg and Sophie Le Bourva.
Claire Willberg, Rotate blue, 2015. Etching, chine-collé & relief, Artist’s Proof. Image courtesy of the Artist
Avison’s work explores the landscape from different perspectives, and looks at how the artist relates to his or her environment. Recent pieces have focused on the minutiae of wild places: small stones on the beach or the crack between rocks. Through her use of discarded objects collected on journeys made across London, Willberg documents the urban landscape and the narratives that these found objects reveal; while Gillett shares both artists’ preoccupation with how we relate to the landscape and objects around us, employing a range of media — including printmaking, installation, textile and moving image — to investigate the dialectic between the material and the empirical.
Michelle Avison, Re-pool II (Square), 2015. Monotype, relief, chine-collé, edition of 1. Image courtesy of the Artist
From traditional etching to carborundum and lino etching, Sophie Le Bourva uses a variety of techniques to recreate through erosion the physicality of materials. The meticulous precision and deep etch of her work captures the beauty of the natural objects she encounters and the landscapes she experiences on her travels.
Sophie Le Bourva, Mont St Michel, 2010. Etching. Image courtesy of the Artist
A Sense of Fun
‘Our previous experience of exhibiting at Multiplied has been exciting and positive,’ says Lorraine Cojot of LN Edition. ‘The English market is playful, in the sense that different objects and materials are used together with a sense of humour. Visitors to the fair are very welcoming and enjoy discovering new artists in the friendly environment of Christie's South Kensington.’
Petros Chrisostomou, Megalomaniac, 2008. Archival c-print, ed 5 + 3 AP. Courtesy LN Edition
‘For LN Edition, Multiplied is a great opportunity to introduce works by new and exciting French artists to a wider audience, and to discover a new scene. Exhibiting at a fair hosted by Christie's attracts our client base and increases our contacts.’
Petros Chrisostomou, Big Wig 13, 2006. Archival c-print, ed 5 + 3 AP. Courtesy LN Edition
For Multiplied 2015, LN Edition will focus on Petros Chrisostomou, a young British artist who is currently based in New York. Chrisostomou constructs hybrid spaces where he takes photographs that play with scale. ‘We will show new works by Chrisostomou,’ says Cojot, ‘and — exclusive to Multiplied — a model that he created to produce his photographs.’
‘We will also feature new works by Japanese artist Tsuyu and prints by Julien Colombier.’