In a stunning purpose built space, 33 metres long, in the middle of glorious land close to the River Alde and full of natural light, printroom is an artist-led gallery showcasing the best of contemporary printmaking.
Started in London in 2006, printroom studio exhibits here and online at www.printroom.studio signed and numbered prints, made by artist-printmakers in all print mediums:etching, lithography, screen print, relief print, laser cut and a few carefully chosen digital prints, which are digitally conceived. (we do not show any digital reproductions.)
Printed in small, limited editions with fully archival materials, prices are set by the artist and not the gallery, and range from £150 or less for small prints to a maximum of about £1000.00 with many items in the £300- £700 range.
Printroom selects work of the highest quality by a wide range of innovative and challenging artists. The artists range from recent graduates to the mature and well established, an international selection they are currently from USA, Australia, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland and the UK.
There is a large (over 500) selection of unframed work in fully labelled browsers to look at, as well as a library and sitting area where you can browse through books and periodicals about printmaking.
The aim is to encourage you, the interested public to feel able to afford to collect prints and to appreciate and understand what you are looking at both in terms of the artist and the methods used.
Printroom has two specialist conservation framers who are able to frame your print to your exact specification and we can advise you on your choices, including specialist glass. There is a full range of frames and mounts to choose from.
Printroom is owned and directed by Monica Petzal. Monica trained as a painter at the Royal College of Art in the late 1970s, as an art historian at Sussex and more recently as a printmaker at Camberwell. She has worked as a tutor in art schools, a critic, including a long stint at Time Out and for 14 years as the Director of the Foundation for Women’s Art.
Recent projects include co curating British Printmaking Japan, an exhibition of 39 British printmakers at the City of Kyoto Museum and other venues in Japan.
She was for many years a trustee of the Printmakers Council and is the Vice Chair of the Dresden Trust.
As a practicing artist her most recent solo exhibition was ‘The Dresden Project” was at the Herbert Museum in Coventry from November 2015 to March 2016.
Her most recent group exhibition was ‘to a death in sweating wakefulness’ at the Pie Factory on Margate from November 3-16 2016 with Dawn Cole and Johanna Love.
Three women artists trace back through their own family archives, German and British, to explore the emotional and physical impact of the conflict during the First and Second World War.
Her current project ‘Dissent and Displacement’ closed at Leicester New Walk Musuem due to Covid 19, it will now become a virtual exhibition. See www.dissentdisplacement.com
See also http://www.monicapetzal.com