Renowned Canadian artist John Hartman is an expert in drypoint, a rare printmaking technique that originated in 15th Century Germany.
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery (beneficiary of a donation by Hartman of 27 of his works) curated an exhibition of 15 colour works in this uncommon form of printmaking. “In drypoint,” the gallery explains, “a dry hard-pointed needle is used to incise a design on a special metal or acrylic plate. ”
“A main feature of drypoint is the burr, the tiny embossed edge which is left by the dry line incision. During the ink application process, the burr retains a lot of ink- which gives the resulting image its characteristically soft and imprecise lines.”
To see more of Hartman’s work and how he has evolved the drypoint technique, visit his website, here.