Norman Stevens ARA
26 February—25 May 2014
In the Tennant Gallery and Council Room
This spring we present the much admired prints of Norman Stevens ARA (1937–88), an artist who originally trained as a painter alongside John Loker, David Hockney RA and David Oxtoby in the 1950s at Bradford College of Art.
A master of the medium, Stevens taught himself printmaking in the early 1970s and in the process, found an art form that perfectly suited his meticulous and subtle approach. Exploring the landscape and built environment, his prints make use of colour, light and shade to powerful and often haunting effect. Human presence is always suggested but never shown, a quality that the art critic, William Packer, has likened to a ‘game of hide-and-seek with the real world’.
At the heart of the exhibition are important groups of prints including Stevens’ depictions of Venetian blinds and ‘clapboard’ houses, his distinctive images of Stonehenge and his captivating views of English formal gardens. From his first black and white etchings to the large-scale prints he produced in the 1980s, discover the work of an artist who developed an international reputation for his technically brilliant and beguiling prints.
Complimentary entry with a valid Royal Academy exhibition ticket or £3 General Admission ticket. Friends of the RA go free.
Norman Stevens ARA: Curators' Collection Talk
4 March 2014, 3.30 - 4pm
Annette Wickham, Curator of Works on Paper, introduces this exhibition of the prints of Norman Stevens ARA (1937–88), which are much admired for their technical mastery and poetic evocation of the play of light and shade.
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London Original Print Fair
Main Galleries, Burlington House, 24—27 April 2014
The London Original Print Fair returns for its 29th year at the Royal Academy. With some 50 international exhibitors, the four-day show offers a wonderful opportunity to see and buy original prints, from the earliest Renaissance woodcuts to the latest editions by contemporary masters.
Norman Stevens ARA
Redfern Gallery, 25 February - 5 April 2014
An exhibition of prints, to coincide with Norman Stevens ARA - Selected Prints at the RA