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Francis Wishart

 

 

Francis Wishart printing a monotype in his studio,Nigadoo, 2011

FRANCIS PRINTING A MONOTYPE IN HIS STUDIO, NIGADOO, SUMMER 2011

WHAT IS MONOTYPE?

Monotype, strictly speaking, is a printing technique. But, unlike any of the intaglio methods, the monotype plate has no permanent marks and therefore there is only ever one version of each image (in intaglio there can be many – 50 or more depending on various factors).

The artist paints an image directly onto the plate (in Francis' case, a zinc plate). Using an oil-based printer's ink that dries slowly, the artist can make smudges, blur colours, emphasize elements and work with the colour on the surface. The plate is then put through a press and printed on paper. This process is very close to painting with the extra step creating a mirror image of the painting on the plate.

Artists, who might otherwise paint directly onto paper or canvas, choose this technique since the mirror effect and the slight uncertainty of the printing method introduce an element of chance and play into the artwork's creation. There are many errors and accidents, thus each successful monotype is the survivor of a gauntlet of artistic challenge and rigour. The great monotype artist is one who can control and predict the accident and engage with its possibilities.

The resulting image is different from any other media – there is a flattening of space and a refulgent ghostliness that can turn perfectly banal scenes into surreal experiments in light. Monotypes capture fleeting fragility with bold colours and they tolerate, even need , deep consideration– they are not for those seeking instant gratification from their art. A good monotype will develop slowly under your gaze, each new look at the work will reveal something new as silently as sunlight slipping through the trees.

 

Francis Wishart, Northwest Miramichi II, monotype

NORTHWEST MIRAMICHI II (2011)
monotype
7.75 x 11.5 in.
framed dimension: 12.5 x 16.5 in.
$950


Francis Wishart, Reflection, 2011, monotype

REFLECTION (2011)
monotype
11.75 x 7.75 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
$950

 


 

Francis Wishart, Three Trees, 2011, monotype

THREE TREES (2011)
monotype
11.75 x 7.75 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
$950

Francis Wishart, Turmoil, 2011, monotype

TURMOIL (2011)
monotype
11.75 x 9.75 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 14.5 in.
$1,100

 

 

Francis Wishart, Father and Son, 2010, monotype, 11.75 x 9.75 in.

FATHER AND SON (2010)
monotype
11.75 x 9.75 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 14.5 in.
$1,100

 

 

Francis Wishart, Log Cabin on the Island, 2011, monotype

LOG CABIN ON THE ISLAND (2011)
monotype
9.75 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 14.5 x 16.5 in.
$1,100

 

Francis Wishart, Lake, 2011, monoytpe

LAKE (2011)
monotype
15.25 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 20.5 x 16.5 in.
$1,500

 

Francis Wishart, Log, 2011, monotype

LOG (2011)
monotype
7.75 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 12.5 x 16.5 in.
$950

 

STUDIO VIEW (2011)
monotype
11.75 x 7.75 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
$950

 

Francis Wishart, The Island, 2010, monotype

THE ISLAND (2010)
monotype
9.75 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 14.5 x 16.5 in.
$1,100

 


Francis Wishart, Leaves, 2010, monotype, 11.75 x 7.75 in.

LEAVES (2010)
monotype
11.75 x 7.75 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
$950

 

 

Francis Wishart, Wood, 2010, monotype, 11.75 x 9.75 in.

WOOD (2010)
monotype
11.75 x 9.75 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 14.5 in.
$1,100

monotypes from
St. Estève

 

 

 

Francis Wishart, Self Portrait, 2011, monotype

SELF PORTRAIT (2011)
monotype
11.75 x 9.75 in.
framed dimension: 21 x 16 in.
$1,200

Francis Wishart




 

The subjects of Francis Wishart's monotypes come from his surroundings. He shares his time between Provence and New Brunswick and these two different but harmonious sources emerge in his work. His monotypes seem to capture scenes from a dream. Details blend together and yet distinctions are not lost between the elements that trick us into uncertainty about the subject of the work. The focus seems to shift and what at first appeared so important drifts into the background. The balance of colour and movement play with the viewer; the image shimmers always just out of reach. It may be the light in Southern France that inspires this diaphonous sense of form, it may be the way the land dissolves through the trees into the skies of New Brunswick that informs it.

Whatever the source, Wishart's work has been very well received around the world. Born in 1951 to artists Anne Dunn and Michael Wishart in London, England, Francis studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. After that he moved to Paris where he worked and advanced his technique with master printers at l'Atelier Lacourière et Frelaut. Wishart has had important exhibitions in London and Paris including several at the Royal Academy of Art and La Courriere as well as many exhibitions throughout Australia, Europe and North America. His work is in some very important public and private collections like the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliothèque National and the British Embassy in Paris and the UK Government art collection.

Still passionately committed to monotype this most serious artist has other important interests. In France he maintains a vineyard, the organic grapes of which are made into wine by local vintners. Throughout the world Wishart is a highly active and dedicated conservationist. Having worked with David Suzuki, Wishart has also produced a film for the National Film Board. Awareness and engagement with the world around him characterises Francis Wishart and his art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FALLS (2009)
monotype
14.75 x 14.75 in.
framed dimension: 19.75 x 19.75 in.
$1,600

 



 

 

TUMULTUOUS (2009)
monotype
9.75 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 14.5 x 16.5 in.
$1,100

 

 


FRIENDSHIP (2009)
monotype
8.5 x 8.5 in.
framed dimension: 12.5 x 12.5 in.
$650

 


 

VIGOR (2009)
monotype
8.5 x 8.5 in.
framed dimension: 12.5 x 12.5 in.
$650

 

 

View the Telegraph Journal's Salon article "Uncertainty and Beauty" featuring the words and work of Francis Wishart
by clicking on the link below:

Salon - June 20, 2009 

 

Francis Wishart, The Hideout, monotype

THE HIDEOUT (2008)
monotype
8 x 12 in.
framed dimension: 12.5 x 16.5 in.
$950

 


 

 

Francis Wishart, Spiky, monotype

SPIKY (2008)
monotype
12 x 8 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
$950


Francis Wishart, 1st Autumn, Monotype

1st AUTUMN (2008)
monotype
12 x 8 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
SOLD

 

 


GEOMETRIC (2008)
monotype
12 x 8 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
$950

 

 

 

LATE AUTUMN (2008)
monotype
12 x 8 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
$950