Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU.
Open to the public Saturday 7 - Sunday 29 July 2018
Launch Thursday 5 July 6.30 - 8pm
WEA workshop Firday 6 July 10am - 4pm (£25)
We are pleased to announce an exhibition of lithographs and pochoir at the Babylon Gallery of spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist Joan Miró.
His instantly recognisable artistic style encompasses fantasy-like imagery in works that can be delightfully playful or shockingly savage. We are very pleased to be able to bring this selling exhibition of lithographs and etchings to our gallery for the first time and it promises to be a visual treat for visitors and buyers alike.’
Miró was born in Barcelona where he initially pursued his art education. It was after moving to Paris in 1920 that his rise to prominence as one of the 20th century’s leading artists began. From around 1924 Miró came increasingly under the influence of the Surrealist artists and poets who had established themselves in the French capital.
Miró had experimented with monochrome etching and lithography from the early 1930s but gradually began to introduce colour into his printed work. After the Second World War he also began to experiment with other printmaking techniques producing drypoints and woodcuts. But it was not until he was in his seventies that Miró began to produce prints on a prolific scale when he began to illustrate books for many notable authors. Into this category can be placed the colour lithographs he made to illustrate Alfred Jarry's book Ubu Roi, which can be seen in this exhibition.
Whatever the subject matter though Miró’s configuration of line and audacious colour results in riveting imagery to which the viewer’s gaze is inexorably drawn.