Arts University Bournemouth
Michael Griffiths studied painting and printmaking at Brighton in the 1970’s. Since then, he has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad including print biennales in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Holland, Spain, Canada and UK. His work is included in a number of public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Arts Council England, Varna in Bulgaria and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. He now lives and works in Dorset. He is course leader for BA Hons Fine Art at the Arts University Bournemouth and is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists in Cornwall and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.
Beyond the boundaries of the print studio and frame
Production of prints is increasingly being executed beyond the territory of the traditional print studio. The printed outcome can often break the boundaries of the picture frame and increasingly printmakers are finding new forms of display and installation of printworks which go beyond the convention of the framed work on paper in a white cube gallery space.
This joint paper examines the moves by artist-printmakers to work outside the confines of the print studio or the picture frame. Illustrated by reference to a number of case studies, hitherto unpublished, we will look at ways in which prints are being produced in non-traditional settings and using innovative methods. We will examine how the concept, form and context of printed outcomes often dictates new and unorthodox modes of display and installation.
The illustrated talk will consider the implications of the expanded field of printmaking on the status and identity of printmaking in the early 21st century.