LOPF 2022, the London Original Print Fair gave the contemporary print a place in history

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LOPF 2022. Foto: Profimedia

Tickets are now on sale for the London Original Print Fair (LOPF), which this year makes the exciting move to Somerset House for its 37th edition. As the fair returns with a much-anticipated physical edition, it welcomes a number of new exhibitors alongside previous galleries and print publishers. Exhibiting at the London Original Print Fair for the first time will be Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Daniel Crouch Rare Books, Hidden Gallery, ICA, Manifold Editions, Pangolin London, Raw Editions, Smithson Gallery, Tate, Verbatim and Whitechapel Gallery.

Print and the Poem project Stanley Donwood Thom Yorke Jealous and Enitharmon Editions 17
”Print and the Poem”, Stanley Donwood & Thom Yorke, Jealous Gallery and Enitharmon Editions

continue their annual joint initiative The Print and the Poem with an inspiring collaboration between Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke, and artist Stanley Donwood, on show for the first time at the Fair. Highlights also include Picasso prints exhibited by Frederick Mulder and works by Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud from Marlborough. Additionally, Osborne Samuel Gallery have notable prints by Christopher R. W. Nevinson and Cyril Power’s famous linocut The Tube Station.

Cristea Roberts 

will dedicate their stand to the graphic works of Dame Paula Rego RA, works which come directly from the artist’s archive. Over twenty prints and unique works on paper, tracing almost 25 years of Rego’s printmaking oeuvre, will focus on the daring and confrontational subjects of her work that reflect the dark depths of human suffering and endurance.

Exclusively for 2022, Jealous will also exhibit Chris Levine’s work marking the Platinum Jubilee with a remarkable platinum leaf portrait of the Queen, while Manifold Editions will launch two new editions by Bradley Theodore, named Eternal Queen; and Cynthia Corbett Gallery will exhibit a hand-applied platinum portrait of the Queen by Deborah Azzopardi.

One of the particular strengths of this Fair is the wide span of work on sale, stretching back to the early engravings and woodcuts of Dürer and his contemporaries. Elizabeth Harvey-Lee will exhibit prints by Rembrandt, Canaletto and Goya as well as Dürer and Daniel Crouch Rare Books will bring an incredible single-owner collection of over 200 works by the engraver Wenceslas Hollar. Works like this at LOPF highlight the importance of printmaking throughout the history of art and sets contemporary prints in the context of work by old and modern masters.

Chris Levine Lightness of Being Crystal Edition
Chris Levine, „Lightness of Being Crystal Edition”, Jealous Gallery, LOPF 2022

TAG Fine Arts 

will exhibit brand new editions by Tobias Till, Stephen Walter and Adam Dant, coinciding with the launch of Dant’s new book Political MapsPaul Stolper’s stand will include a work from Chila Kumari Singh Burman, a significant figure in the Black British Art movement from the 1980s. They will also release a screenprint of Said Adrus’ Zeitgeist which pinpoints a moment in the poverty-fuelled Toxteth riots that destroyed parts of Liverpool.

Enitharmon Editions 

will launch three artist books at LOPF: Weather, a collaboration between Antony Gormley and Colm Tóibín; Texas, an artist’s book by Duane Michals, one of America’s pre-eminent photographers; and The Castle of Perseverance, which brings together the painter and print-maker Philip Pearlstein and the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.

Rembrandt The Golf Player 96 X 145 mm Original Etching 1654 Elizabeth Harvey Lee Oxfordshire
Rembrandt, „The Golf Player”, 96 X 145 mm, gravura originală, 1654, Elizabeth Harvey Lee, Oxfordshire. LOPF 2022

At Long & Ryle, Ramiro Fernandez Saus

will be releasing a new print featuring one of his iconic characters: a tiger seated on a cloud underneath the stars. Plus, the gallery will show works from Nick Archer, who was shortlisted for the Jerwood Printmaking Prize 2020 and has continued to create mysterious and beautiful etchings and mono prints.

Advanced Graphics 

will display a selection of seldom-seen works from Albert Irvin RA, marking the centenary of his birth. They will also show rare still life works from Craigie Aitchison RA alongside a new set of prints by Vanessa Jackson RA, based on her pedestrian crossings over Piccadilly (still visible now) from last autumn. Eames Fine Art will be exhibiting etchings, silkscreens and hand-coloured mono prints by John Hoyland RA with rare and previously unseen works from his archive. They will also be launching A Mediterranean Journey, a boxed set of 10 etchings by Karen Keogh.

Albert Irvin Concordia IV Screenprint with woodblock 31.5 x 50cm 1997 Advanced Graphics London
Albert Irvin, Concordia IV, serigrafie, 31.5 x 50cm, 1997, Advanced Graphics London, LOPF 2022.

Art China’s stand

will include works from Cao Ou and Zhu Kecheng; both young artists depict their concerns and emotions in these beautiful images using the water-based woodcut. At Hanga Ten visitors can see works previously exhibited in London by Hiromitsu Takahashi, Katsunori Hamanishi and Toko Shinoda – all masters in their field. In particular, Hiromitsu

Takahashi is one of a handful of living artists left in Japan who work in a rare technique called ‘kappazuri’ stencil printmaking.

David Hockney b.1937 Two Boys ages 23 or 24 Etching Aquatint 1966 67
David Hockney, (b.1937), acvatintă, „Two Boys ages 23 or 24”, 1966-67. LOPF 2022

Gerrish Fine Art 

will show a remarkable complete set of thirteen etchings by David Hockney for his Illustrations for Fourteen Poems for Constantine Cavafy, 1966-67, one of only 25 sets on large sheets of vellum paper. This is one of Hockney’s most iconic series of early etchings. Celebrating Rabley Gallery’s 18th year, they will launch the Blue Folio 2022, a new collection of 12 prints by 12 artists (Prudence Ainslie, Neil Bousfield, Ian Chamberlain, Eileen Cooper RA, Lucy Farley, Sarah Gillespie, Katherine Jones, Sara Lee, Natasha Michaels, Nana Shiomi, Emma Stibbon RA and Sadie Tierney). Following Stella McCartney’s new designs based on works by artist Frank Stella, Shapero Modern will bring a selection of Frank Stella works to the fair.

Frank Stella Libertinia Imaginary Places
Frank Stella, „Libertinia, Imaginary Places”, Shapermo Modern Gallery, LOPF 2022.

The London Original Print Fair

was founded in 1985 by a committee of eight London print dealers, and the first fairs took place in the old Diploma Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts with just 16 exhibitors. The founding President of the Royal Academy, Sir Joshua Reynolds, was himself a print collector with prints by Dürer and Rembrandt in his collection.

After 34 years at the Royal Academy of Arts LOPF was forced to cancel in spring 2020 due to the pandemic. With just a few weeks to go the team created Viewing Rooms for all 48 exhibitors and LOPF became one of the first fairs to run online in May 2020. LOPF Online: The Platform for Prints has now grown to represent over 80 print dealers and publishers worldwide and remains active all year round.

Returning to the London art calendar from 26 – 29 May 2022, The London Original Print Fair has moved to a new venue, the elegant galleries of Somerset House in the Strand, coincidentally the first London home of the Royal Academy of Arts. 

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