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POLYESTER PLATE LITHOGRAPHY

Polyester plate lithographs can convey the lightness of touch and a likeness to the medium of drawing that stone lithography is known for, without the toxic processes






The word lithography comes from the Greek lithos meaning stone and graphein meaning to write.  In traditional lithography the artist literally works and pulls prints from a limestone matrix.  Lithography is a planographic process, the matrix is flat and contains no physical features (such as etched or engraved lines) that will pass on any information to the prints.

Polyester plate printing started as a low cost, yet professional form of commercial offset lithography. This non-toxic medium, also known as Pronto Plate Lithography, is capable of reproducing the full spectrum of lithographic marks such as: hand drawn brush strokes, ink wash, texture, crayon and pencil marks, and is equally well suited for digital imaging.




Winnipeg – early spring’, Peter Graham, 2014.Images can be created/manipulated in Photoshop and printed directly to the Polyester Plate with a laser printer. (Polyester Plate on left, print on right.)



The plates can be drawn on directly with sharpie or ballpoint pen, pencil or traditional lithographic crayons, and washes can be created with toner, Speedball screen filler or india ink. The plates contain tiny pores that accept and hold water.  By covering those pores with a waterproof substance the artist creates an area that will accept ink.



During printing, the truly lithographic nature of this method - utilizing the repulsion between grease and water – is revealed. Lithographic printing typically involves alternating between wetting the plate and rolling over it with greasy ink
in multiple passes until the desired density of ink has built up. The plates may be printed on etching presses or even by hand by placing the inked plate in contact with well dampened paper, and rubbing thoroughly from the back with a wooden spoon to make the impression.


Paintings



Red Dory, oil and screenprint on panel, 11" x 14", 2011.
SOLD




Pork, oil and screenprint on panel, 12" x 16", 2011.
SOLD




Cow Moose in Swamp, oil and screenprint on panel, 16" x 12", 2011.
SOLD




Teamwork, oil and screenprint on panel, 12" x 16", 2011.
$750




Observation, oil and screenprint on panel, 16" x 12", 2011.
$750



Good Neighbours, oil and screenprint on panel, 24" x 12", 2011.
SOLD





Rupertsland Migration, oil and screenprint on panel, 24" x 12", 2011.
SOLD





Encounter on Scotia Street, oil and screenprint on panel, 24" x 12", 2011.
$1000





Patience, oil and screenprint on panel, 24" x 12", 2011.
SOLD








Longing, oil on canvas, 24" x 30", 2012.
$2000 (framed)





After The Storm, oil on canvas, 14" x 11", 2011.
SOLD






Grazing, oil on canvas, 14" x 11", 2011.
SOLD






Sunset, oil on canvas, 14"x 11", 2011.
$375






On Guard For Thee, oil on canvas, 26" x 32", 2011.
$2000 (framed)






AWOL, oil on canvas, 16" x 18", 2011.
NFS






Clear Lake - Early Summer, oil on canvas, 8" x 10", 2011.
SOLD





Mowbray, oil on canvas, 14" x 11", 2010.
SOLD






La Riviere, oil on canvas, 14" x 11", 2010.
SOLD







Hand Drill, oil on canvas, 24" x 36", 2010.
oil on canvas
$2000 (framed)






Chicago, oil on canvas, 24" x 18", 2010.
$850 (framed)





Wrenches, oil on canvas, 18" x 24", 2010.
$850 (framed)





Belt Sander, oil on canvas, 16" x 12", 2010.
SOLD





Bevel Square I, oil on canvas, 18" x 18", 2009.
$675 (framed)







Bevel Square II, oil on canvas, 18" x 18", 2009.
$675 (framed)






For Domestic Use Only, oil on canvas, 30" x 39", 2009.
$2000 (framed)







Model 310, oil on canvas, 30" x 30", 2009.
$2000 (framed)





He Made His Mark, oil on canvas, 24" x 16", 2009.
SOLD







Thin Blue Line, oil on canvas, 16" x 16", 2009.
SOLD






Stanley No. 2, 18" x 36", oil on canvas, 2009.
SOLD





Farewell to Craftsmanship,  24" x 30", oil on canvas, 2009.
NFS


Waiting For The Thaw


Agnes Jamieson Gallery
Minden Hills Cultural Centre
Minden, Ontario

Waiting for the Thaw
May 20 to July 5, 2014
Opening reception May 24 at 1pm
Artist: Peter Graham





Graham: I have a long-standing interest in the natural and human history of Canada, and the “idea” of The North and our place in it as Canadians. Through my work I enjoy exploring, often with humour, some of the myths/truths of Canada. The work in this show had its origins in the winter of 2010-2011 with my etching Waiting For The Thaw, which was intended to commemorate the Year of the Rabbit.  When the Winnipeg region received some early substantial snowfalls, I began to consider their impact on the upcoming flood season. This lead to an increasing sense of anxiety on my part, and I came to question the wisdom of living on a floodplain. Why would humans put themselves in harms way? Was it ignorance, blind faith in technology, or just a series of historical coincidences that kept us tied to this city sitting at the confluence of two flood prone rivers?

I then began to consider the native wildlife of this region, and to recognize that they would have existed for thousands of generations here, seemingly in harmony with the natural cycles of the Red and the Assiniboine.  What possible lessons could we learn from them?

‘The Flood’ series celebrated the common sense, perseverance, teamwork and patience of the animal world. These are attributes that we; the self proclaimed, most highly evolved race admire; yet we continue to falter in their achievement.  

Three years later we, along with most of Canada, have just emerged (well not quite at time of writing) from a particularly long, cold and snowy winter. Once again I have allowed the animals to return to our city streets to share with us in our northern experience.

Peter Graham lives in Winnipeg. He has a B.F.A. Honours, Printmaking, University of Manitoba.


'Waiting for the Thaw" new screen prints

 
Waiting for the Thaw, Peter Graham, screen print on paper, 21.5" x 16",
edition of 10, 2014.  $400

Just completed this new series of screen prints created to accompany
my Flood series for an upcoming show in Minden, Ontario at 
the Agnes Jamieson Gallery. 




Floating. Peter Graham, screen print on paper, 18" x 12", edition of 10, 2014.  $300







Impass, Peter Graham, screen print on paper, 18" x 12", edition of 10, 2014.  $300







Monday Morning. Peter Graham, screen print on paper, 18.25" x 12", edition of 10, 2014.  $300







Polynia
, Peter Graham, screen print on paper, 18.25" x 10.25",
edition of 10, 2014.  $300






Rapid Transit, Peter Graham, screen print on paper, 18" x 12", edition of 10, 2014.  $300






Rush Hour, Peter Graham, screen print on paper, 18" x 13", edition of 10, 2014.  $300








Trans Canada. Peter Graham, screen print on paper, 18" x 12",  edition of 10, 2014.  $300







Winnipeg - Early Spring, Peter Graham, screen print on paper, 18" x 12.75", edition of 10, 2014.  $300



The (Very Brief) Flight of the Raven

Below is my first attempt at creating a linocut stop motion animation. It will be projected, along with the  creations of my fellow artist/co-workers, in the windows of Martha Street Studio tomorrow night  (September 28th, 2103).  LOOPERS is Martha Street Studio's contribution to Nuit Blanche celebrations in Winnipeg.  Two of the studio windows will be transformed into projection screens and the linocut animations will loop continuously throughout the night.  





Hugs & Art - Winnipeg Free Press June 2, 2013


Hugs and art — how can you beat that?

Our Winnipeg

COURTESY OF DIANA THORNEYCROFTEnlarge Image
FROM LEFT: Sarah Crawley, Peter Graham, Larry Glawson (holding Mouchette), Diana Thorneycroft, Suzie Smith, Richard Dyck (holding Hermine), and Kevin Waugh.
MARTHA Street Studio is a magical place.
It is more formally known as The Manitoba Printmakers Association, an organization started in 1984 by a handful of recently graduated University of Manitoba art students. Although I was one of the founding members, the leader of the fledgling organization was Bev Jacobs.
Her strength and passion to get it and keep it up and running was relentless. Most notably, when MPA lost its funding in 1997 and subsequently its facility, it was Bev who found temporary storage space for the equipment and volunteered her time to maintain the office while the organization was in a four-year limbo. Although she is no longer involved with Martha Street Studio, Bev Jacobs is the only reason it exists today.
And today it is humming.
Martha Street Studio is one of my favourite places for so many reasons: the exhibitions they host, their highly successful Youth Outreach Programs, their partnership with Arts and Disability Network Manitoba, the adult classes they offer and the excellence of their digital facility.
But the best part of all is the staff. Over the years there have been many exceptional people employed at Martha Street Studio. Within the past couple of years, one by one, people I know well have started working there. Today, more than half of them have been wonderful friends of mine for years — lots of years.
I have known fellow photographer Larry Glawson, who is now the studio’s executive director, since we were in art school together 35 years ago. I got to know Sarah Crawley (community programming co-ordinator), also a photographer, when she and I were on the board of the Floating Gallery (now known as Platform) in the early 1990s. Around the same time I met Richard Dyck (digital technician), who in the late ’80s and early ’90s worked as a technician at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
In 1994, Kevin Waugh (technical support) was enrolled in the Basic Design class I taught at the U of M. In 2003 I met Suzie Smith (professional programming co-ordinator), who very conveniently had fallen in love with another former student and good friend. And, last but not least, Peter Graham (studio assistant) who, in 2005, had just moved to Winnipeg and decided to take a drawing class I taught at the Riding Mountain Artist Retreat. We have been friends and neighbours ever since. 
So today, when I visit Martha Street Studio to attend a class or see a show, I spend the first 10 minutes hugging people I love. How great is that?

PS: A brief love story: Around the same time MPA was emerging, Larry Glawson and his partner Doug Melnyk opened a small gallery on the second floor of the Bate Building in the Exchange, and called it Ace Art. It was an immediate success, and has continued to be to this day.
In 1993, Ace Art moved into its current much larger location on McDermot Avenue. In celebration of their new space, and in honour of the founders of Ace Art, the board and staff welcomed two young cats to their organization and named them Doug and Larry. After a couple of months and several ruined works of art, it became obvious they had to find a new home. That is when Doug and Larry walked into my life and heart.
Dear little Doug passed away when he was 17, and Larry, my sweet cat boy Larry, died last week at the age of 20. To say that I am heartbroken is an understatement. He was my animal soulmate and I am having a hard time accepting he is gone.
When I showed up at Martha Street Studio to have the group photograph taken, Larry (the person), Sarah, Peter, Suzie, Kevin and Richard — all pet owners themselves — knew of my loss and the bigness of my grief. The hugs I received that day were filled with compassion and empathy, and I knew with people like them in my life, I’d be OK.
Diana Thorneycroft is a Winnipeg artist best known for her photographs. This summer, however, her new sculptural work will be shown at the Manitoba Craft Council’s 2013 Juried Exhibition "Small Mediums at Large" opening July 5th from 5-9 p.m. at the Tara Davis Studio Boutique, 246 McDermot Avenue. The exhibition runs until July 27th.

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3rd Winnipeg Timeraiser





Rupertsland Migration - Peter Graham  oil and screen print on panel, 24" x 12", 2011.

My work, Rupertsland Migration, has  been purchased by the organizers of the 3rd Winnipeg Timeraiser where it will be available to be bid on in increments of volunteer hours. The successful bidder will have 12 months to complete his or her volunteer pledge after which they will become the owner of the piece.

The 3rd Winnipeg Timeraiser will be held on Thursday May 30th 2013 at Manitoba Hydro Place.

The Timeraiser is part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town. Throughout the evening meet with different agencies and match your skills to their needs. Once you have made your matches, you are eligible to bid on artwork. 

For more information, and to purchase tickets for this event please visit the Timeraiser website at

Soft Ground Etching Class




Registration is underway for my next class at Martha Street!

SOFT GROUND ETCHING @ Martha Street Studio

w/ Peter Graham
Wednesdays 6 - 9 pm
April 24th - June 12th (8 weeks)

$200 (+ MPA membership)


Looking to etch lines lines that look like pencil or crayon lines? Want to create areas of texture? Perhaps you've always wanted to make a print with some of Granny's lacework (and destroy it in the process)? In this class we will explore the possibilities that BIG (Baldwin Intaglio Ground) provides as a soft ground. 

Peter Graham is our studio tech. He's a painter/printmaker, and must only be fed low sodium, low fat treats!



To register contact Martha Street Studio at (204) 779-6253 or printmakers@mymts.net






Intaglio Prints



Qu'est-ce que Gabriel faire?, intaglio on paper, 10" x 8", 2012.
edition of 25
$125





Late in life Charles came to the conclusion that those who knew him best had been left behind in the Galapagos, intaglio on paper, 18" x 24", 2010.
edition of 6
$1200 (Framed) Last one.



Waiting for the Thaw,  intaglio on paper, 7" x 9.5", 2010.
varied edition of 14
$125





The Trapper, intaglio on paper, 24" x 18", 2011.
edition of 20
$450






Self Portrait, intaglio on paper, 2010.
edition of 10
$175






Quad, intaglio on paper, 8" x 7.5", 2010.
edition of 10
$125








Parallax Voyage, intaglio on paper, 12" x 3.75", 2010.
edition of 20
$125








Bylot Island, intaglio on paper, 11" x 7.5", 2010.
edition of 5
$175







Self Portrait, intaglio on paper, 12" x 16", 2009.
edition of 3
$400






Wanderer, intaglio on paper, 12" x 16", 2009.
edition of 3
$400






St. Francis, intaglio on paper, 12" x 16", 2009
edition of 5
$400






Compound Interest, intaglio on paper, 12" x 16", 2009.
edition of 5
$400





Lost, intaglio print on paper, 18" x 24", 2010.
edition of 20
$500



STEAL THIS POSTER!

Steal This Poster is a campaign to get fine art prints and Martha Street Studio into your home and onto your walls! By placing posters around Winnipeg's historic Exchange District, we encourage you to take one and send us a picture of it in your home.

STEAL THIS POSTER!



Steal This Poster is a campaign to get fine art prints and Martha Street Studio into your home and onto your walls! By placing posters around Winnipeg's historic Exchange District, we encourage you to take one and send us a picture of it in your home.