There are so many types and techniques when it comes to the world of printmaking. We are lucky to have so many experienced educators introducing young students to printmaking in London. The exhibition contains work from teachers, professors and instructors including Helmut Becker, Ron Milton, Ray Jackson, Jen Hamilton and Ralph Heather.
London artist Ray Jackson is currently the printmaking and sculpture instructor at Bealart. He has been teaching for 14 years including time at Fanshawe College and Mount Allison University. He continues to be a practicing artist alongside his teaching position.
Helmut Becker, professor emeritus at Western University obtained education in Art & Art History at University of Saskatchewan as well as printmaking and drawing at University of Wisconsin. Helmut has taught Printmaking, Papermaking, Hand Papermaking, and Fibre Flax & Hemp Research at Nova Scotia College of Art, University of Calgary and University of Western Ontario.
Born in London Ontario, Ron Milton was head of printmaking at Bealart during his career. He studied at H. B. Beal himself and then at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. He has exhibited throughout Ontario and the East Coast of Canada.
In printmaking, sculpting, and painting Ron draws on imagery from books, museums, nature, technology and history. All are portrayed with a narrative feel and often with humour.
This exhibition also touches on the history of this diverse medium. In the front room of the gallery, Ralph Heather and Jen Hamilton’s work are hung in stark contrast to one another; representing both tradition and experimentation in printmaking.
Ralph Heather is a visual artist living in Paris, Ontario. He studied at OCAD where he first encountered printmaking and life drawing which remain strong influences for Ralph. During his career in graphic design, Ralph continued to pursue his artistic interests and now focuses full time on his artistic practice and teaching occasionally at Dundas Valley School of Art.
Printmaking has played an important role in art and culture historically and continues to be explored in new and exciting ways by many contemporary artists. The exhibition continues until July 7th.