Gallery

William Crozier (1930-2011)

Printing with Colour

20th March - 17 April 2021
 
The Art Stable is delighted to present an exhibition of prints by William Crozier (1930 – 2011). Crozier’s prints, though less well known than his paintings, share the same characteristics:  vibrant colour, virtuoso drawing and a passionate engagement with the landscape and still-life, subjects Crozier explored throughout his long career.
 
Crozier approached printmaking as a parallel activity to painting, relishing the freedom of the print medium and his collaboration with master-printers.  The prints in this exhibition were created between 1993 and 2010 at the Graphic Studio, Dublin and with the Berardinelli family of printers in Verona, each studio prompting distinctive approaches to image-making. Crozier explained the collective effort of making a print as akin to making jazz. He said “I see it as kind of an ensemble: one guy doesn’t know what the rest are going to do. With the colours of the band, a good musician is listening to the other person and he’ll wait and come in on the right note, and then someone else will come in.”
 
Each of the prints was inspired by a powerful visual experience, whether of his beloved West Cork or his garden in Hampshire, a vase on the breakfast table or a bouquet glimpsed in a Venetian florist’s shop. Every vital incident was pressed into the visual image. As the master-etcher, Norman Ackroyd, wrote that Crozier “even more than Hockney realised  that making prints could simply be another and very beautiful way of drawing in colour.”

William Crozier (1930-2011) was born in Glasgow and educated at the Glasgow School of Art from 1949 to 1953. On graduating he settled in London where he established a reputation as one of the most avant-garde artists of his time through solo exhibitions at the ICA, Drian and Tooth Galleries. Crozier’s peripatetic life took him to Dublin and Paris in the 1950s, then to Andalusia in 1963, locations which were to prove central to his development as an artist. He became an Irish citizen in 1973 and from the early 1980s until his death in 2011 he had a long and successful exhibiting career, dividing his time between his homes in West Cork and Hampshire in the UK. He represented the UK and Ireland overseas and in 2017 the Irish Museum of Modern Art mounted a retrospective of his work in Dublin and Cork. His work can be seen in the Tate Gallery, the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum, as well as in the National Galleries of Ireland, Canada, Poland and Australia.  

TORCELLO BOUQUET
coloured aquatint, hand finished
37.5 x 49 cms
2008
Edition of 35
titled signed and dated by the artist
Proofed and printed at Stamperia Berardinelli, Verona
£ 2200 (unframed)

LABYRINTH, 2007
carborundum print with etching, hand-finished
47.5 x 59
edition of 80
titled, signed and dated by the artist
Proofed and printed at Stamperia Berardinelli, Verona
£ 2200 (unframed)

EASTER, 2009
carborundum print
37 x 42 cms
edition of 35
proofed and editioned at Graphic Studio Dublin
£ 3500 (unframed)

TREE, c.1995
carborundum print
12.5 x 15 cms
£ 1200 (unframed)

POPPIES 1, c.1994
carborundum print
12.5 x 15 cms
edition of 75
signed titled and numbered by the artist
Proofed and editioned at Graphic Studio Dublin
£ 900 (unframed)

TWO JUGS, 1998
black and white etching with carborundum 1998
21 x 24 cms
titled, signed and dated by the artist
Edition of 30
Proofed and editioned at Graphic Studio Dublin
£ 1400 (unframed)

SPRING CUTTING, 2009
carborundum print
37 x 42.5 cms
edition of 30
titled, signed and dated by the artist
proofed and editioned at Graphic Studio Dublin
£ 2400 (unframed)

THE YELLOW ROAD carborundum print, 1993
46 x 50 cms
edition of 75
titled, signed, numbered and dated by the artist
Proofed and printed at Graphic Studio Dublin
£ 2300

WEST CORK FIELD, c.1993
carborundum print
45.5 x 49 cms
edition of 75
titled and signed by the artist
proofed and editioned at Graphic Studio Dublin
£ 2500 (unframed)

THE GREEN, c.1998
carborundum print
19.5 x 23 cms
titled and signed by the artist
Proofed and editioned at Graphic Studio Dublin
£ 1500 (unframed)

CAFE, undated (late 1990s)
carborundum print
54.5 x 62.5 cms
edition of 30
titled, signed by the artist
Proofed and printed at Graphic Studio Dublin
£ 3300 (unframed)

THE KERNAL SERIES 1, 2010
28 x 38 cms
Edition of 35 signed and titled by the artist
Proofed and editioned at Stamperia Berardinelli, Verona
£ 1200 (unframed)

GARDEN, 1998
carborundum print
19 x 21.5 cms
Printed at Graphic Studio Dublin
£ 1500 (unframed)

DOWEEN
Carborundum print
19 x 20.5 cm
£ 900

LARIOS, 2010
carborundum print
38 x 42.5 cm
2010
Print commissioned by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Artist’s proofs only available. Proofed and printed by Graphic Studio, Dublin
£ 4400 (unframed)

a photo of Bill signing ‘Easter’ and 'Spring Cutting’
with master printer of Graphic Studio Dublin, Robert Russell