Chris Agnew is a British artist known for his highly detailed drawings and icon panel etchings. He received his BA in Contemporary Art Practice from The University of Leeds in 2008, followed by a Masters in Fine Art at the Wimbledon College of Art in 2010.
Agnew’s work deals with the construction and deconstruction of belief systems, be they political, religious, social or cultural. He is interested by the malleable nature of what we hold as ‘truth’, and how the presentation of information informs our subsequent understanding of events.
In the end of 2010, illustrators Caroline Hwang and Saelee Oh took residency in Oaxaca, Mexico with the motivation of collaborating with local printmakers to make a series of etching prints. Using the backdrop of the rich indigenous cultures of Oaxaca as their inspiration and the ancient artisanal craftwork in the area as their motivation, Caroline and Saelee coupled with the Arte Cocodrilo collective to construct these intricate etching prints. More than half a year later the laborious process has completed and Upper Playground is releasing this limited edition series of four collaborative prints.
All four prints are signed and numbered by the artists and limited to editions of 40-50. The etchings and printed onto acid-free heavyweight printmaking paper. All four are available exclusively at Upper Playground’s online store and at Upper Playground’s San Francisco location.
Correlating with the opening of Ericailcane’s “We Were Living in the Woods” show at FIFTY24SF Gallery, we’re releasing a line of low edition prints – five etchings printed by Ericailcane in his studio on found and Magnani “Havana” paper and two screen prints made by Squadro on 300 gsm Fabriano white paper – all in various sizes.
The etchings on found paper come from two different sources. Ericailcane speaks of finding the paper: “The first, is paper of an 1800’s french book ‘La Vie de la perfection’ that I found in a flea market. The book is from a monastery in France and is about teaching monks to reach the right way for illumination, the second set of prints is on paper that I found in an abandoned train factory in Italy. The paper is from 1952. The writings are about credits and debits of the train factory”
The SERVAL (14” x 22”) print was first etched on plexiglass and printed on 200 gsm 100 % cotton Magnani “Havana” paper. It comes in two versions: black and white in an edition of 23 and a hand watercolored version limited to an edition of 4. Magnani is a traditional Italian paper company which has been producing high-quality paper since 1404.
The screen prints, SCARPE VERDI and PICCIONI were made by Squadro, a renowned portuguese designer with showrooms in Sao Paolo and Belo Horizonte. The two screen prints are finished with a flocking and printed on 300 gsm Fabriano white paper – both are limited to an edition of 150.
The “We Were Living in the Woods” exhibition will run at FIFTY24SF Gallery from November 11th – December 19th, for work from the show please visit: http://www.fifty24sf-com/present. (PICTURES OF ALL THE PRINTS AFTER THE JUMP)