6th Bienal International De Gravura do Douro, Portugal

In 2012 Angela exhibited her work for the second time in Douro’s bi-annual printmaking exhibition along with 325 international artists, attending the opening.   Founder and Director of the Bienal, Nuno Canelas, organised six venues throughout the Douro region to exhibit 650 artworks.  It was a large undertaking and a beautiful hard-bound catalogue was produced for the occasion.

Exhibition dates:  10 August – 30 September 2012

2012 Printmaking Residency, Douro, Portugal

In August, Angela attended a four-day non-toxic printmaking workshop in Alijo, in the region of the beautiful Douro winemaking district of Portugal.  Master printmaker, Professor Fernando Santiago of Puerto Rico, presented the class to fifteen artists from twelve countries and was assisted by Victor Oliver, also from Puerto Rico.

Fernando demonstrated a variety of techniques on a number of material substrates not requiring the traditional toxic solutions.  The workshop was held at the site of one of the venues hosting the 6th Bienal International De Gravura Do Douro.

Whilst in the Douro region, Angela sketched from the local trees and landscape to develop a body of work upon returning to Sydney.

In Portugal, Angela was inspired by the extensive use of beautiful 17th Century hand-painted ceramic tiles depicting life and landscape scenes, used as wall cladding both externally and internally on many significant public buildings and churches.  Research for Angela’s future ceramic work was carried out into the technical process, history and materials of tiles by visiting exhibitions and significant collections at the Portuguese government-run Bank of Materials in Porto, and at the Museu National Do Azulego in Lisbon.

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Artists in Residence

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At the press with Professor Fernando Santiago

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Alijo religious ceremony

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The Duoro River in the town of Pinhao in the Douro Region of Portugal

Skopelos Island, Greece – 2011

In 2011 Angela participated in an international workshop and residency at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts studio in Greece on an island in the northern Sporades Island group in the western Aegean Sea.  Here she worked with master printer Basil Hall, assistant Steph Bolt and 13 other artists.  Visiting fruit orchards and olive groves provided the inspiration to draw the strong sculptural forms and it was the gnarled and twisted century-old olive trees, the symbol of enduring life, those structural and resilient forms that were expressed in etchings and linocut limited edition prints.  The workshop provided an opportunity to interpret the local landscape in the purpose-built architect designed studio with facilities  overlooking the beautiful Aegean Sea.

Skopelos Foundation for the Arts was established by founder, Gloria Carr, who moved to Skopelos from the USA and set up this non-profit foundation with important links to major United States universities and institutions.

Upon returning home to Australia Angela produced another suite of works comprising limited edition layered carved woodblock images and lino etchings of abundant olive branches, leaves, blossoms and olive fruit printed on high quality handmade papers in scroll-like arrangements utilizing the wood grains and embossing through the printing process.

The ‘olive branch’ was often a symbol of eternity, abundance, glory and peace in the ancient world.   In this work an ancient Greek poem by Hermogenes is referenced.

 

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Limited edition woodcuts and etched lino prints

 

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Typical olive grove landscape

 

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Angela mixing ink in the studio

 

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Purpose-built architect designed arts studio

 

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Morning review with Basil Hall and group

 

Limninari Beach

Approaching Limnonari Beach

 

Skopelos Harbour

The harbour from our apartment balcony

 

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Sailing to the island of Alonysis for lunch

 

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Sunrise from our apartment balcony

 

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The old part of Skopelos town

 

Glisteri Beach

Glisteri beach – a favourite lunch and swim spot