A Century of Prints in Britain is an essential guide showcasing over 200 highlights from the Arts Council Collection's renowned print holdings. Featuring an extensive range of artworks and richly illustrated with prints both modern and contemporary, this book explores the development of the medium through the twentieth century, as well as the diversity of prints being made in the UK today.
Beginning with elegant Edwardian woodcuts, the book encompasses the iconic mid-century work of Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and John Piper, and the startling innovations of 1960s Pop artists such as Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi and Bridget Riley. Prints from masterful series by Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Chris Ofili and Paula Rego are shown alongside those created for the London 2012 Olympics by leading British artists such as Fiona Banner, Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk and Mark Wallinger.
With a fresh and authoritative new essay, prints expert Julia Beaumont-Jones tells a fascinating and little-told story of a medium that democratised art in the post-war period. Featuring masters of the medium alongside lesser-known practitioners, A Century of Prints in Britain provides a long-overdue survey of this popular form.