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An etching in red-brown ink with 6 wavy lines representing the sea and horizon

6 Lines, 2002, etching, edition of 70

W. Barns-Graham: Artist’s Prints

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham utilised printmaking as an experimental medium throughout her career, sometimes combining drawing, painting and printing in the same work. Print works informed her painting practice as much as painting drove her printmaking. The artist also acquired prints from her contemporaries throughout her life.

Printmaking is usually a collaboration between the artist and the print studio and Barns-Graham worked with master printmakers Stanley Jones, Kip Gresham, Hugh Stoneman and the artist Rachael Kantaris in all the major print mediums; etching, lithography and screenprinting. It was in this latter medium the artist enjoyed a late flourishing of creativity working with Carol Robertson and her colleagues at Graal Press in Edinburgh. Many editions were produced during this period as well as further images that were proofed in the artist’s lifetime and editioned, in small numbers, posthumously.