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Just Quietly Cutting Exhibition

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Brisbane printmaker's exhibition explores the delights of nature during COVID-19 lockdown

COVID-19 lockdowns created the perfect opportunity for Brisbane master printmaker Wayne Singleton to bunker down and create works drawing on nature for his latest exhibition.

Mr Singleton's "Just Quietly Cutting" exhibition of more than 35 hand-coloured relief block prints (linocuts) will be on show at Petrie Terrace Gallery from 6-17 May 2021 from 10am-3pm daily, except Mondays.

Mr Singleton was recently named as a finalist for the coveted Lethbridge Landscape Prize, and InkMasters' international InkFest 2021 to be held in Cairns in July.

Brisbane locals may recognise Mr Singleton from his years as an art and printmaking teacher as he has taught at St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, has undertaken art residencies and conducted workshops at secondary schools across Brisbane, as well as at Impress Printmakers Studio and Community Arts organisations in regional Queensland.

His work, which has been exhibited since the 1980s, can be found in national and international private and corporate collections. "I'm an introvert so the COVID-19 lockdowns provided the luxury of uninterrupted time in my studio where I'm as happy as a pig in mud," Mr Singleton said.

"My inspiration over the last two years has come from forests on private properties, principally at Eden Creek west of Kyogle and at Ilkley in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

"I guess I would call myself a nemophilist someone who is a haunter of woods, who loves the beauty and solitude of the forest.

"I am fascinated by the light, the intertwining of shapes and colours. I don't attempt to copy nature, instead, I represent an idea of the life of the place I'm depicting.

"Many of the prints in this exhibition explore my fascination with the rainforest it appears to be a stable enduring ecosystem, but that's because of our relatively short human lifespan," he said.

Mr Singleton produces original prints rather than commercially produced Fine Art (Giclee) prints. Each is hand-produced from a block (printing plate) cut from his own drawing.

"An original print is an identifiable original as there are subtle variations between each print in the edition a bit like brothers and sisters," he said.

Award-winning Queensland framer and The Art of Framing's owner Julie Higham said Mr Singleton's work is becoming highly collectable.

"I've been framing Wayne's Lino prints for 33 years, and in that time, I have seen his skills and daring as a printmaker develop so he has become one of the finest lino print artists in the country," Ms Higham said.

"I handle a lot of very high-quality artwork in my workshop, yet Wayne's prints always stand out for their unique skill and detailed designs.

"His complex, time-consuming block cutting and mark making reminds me more and more of the magnificent Japanese woodblock artists Hokusai and Hiroshige, and I am sure his trip to Kyoto Japan a few years ago to visit and study with a Mokuhanga artist friend has had a deep impact upon his own practice."

"Sitting Quietly Cutting" will feature 35 artworks on the walls at Petrie Terrace Gallery with 68 unframed works also available. Works were hand-printed either at Impress Printmakers Studio or with celebrated Aboriginal printmaker Dr David Jones at Corvine Printmaking Studio.

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When: Thursday 6th May to Sunday 17th May
Where: Petrie Terrace Gallery. Unit 3, 162 Petrie Tce, Brisbane Qld 4000
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