Mircea Cantor – Aquila Non Capit Muscas, 70x50cm, 1/50+10AP
Usually seen as the most complex printing process, lithography relies on the principle that oil and water do not mix when they come into contact. This technique ‘Involves drawing directly on a flat surface usually a traditional limestone slab or zinc or aluminium plate, with an oil-based implement, then coating it with a water-based liquid. When oil-based ink is applied it’s repelled by the water, inking in just the image and allowing it to be transferred onto a paper ground.’ (Artsy, Nine Types of Print Making You Need to Know) Lithography opened up printmaking to artists otherwise reluctant to learn the technical skills needed to create woodcuts or etchings, since many of the same tools, such as brushes and pencils, can be used. Lithography was first made famous by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the 19th century, but has been embraced by many of the major artists of the Post-War period, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, David Hockney and Jasper Johns.
Our lithography studio is coordinated by Cristian Opris and Lazlo Matyas, both are experiences technicians and amazing artists in their own rights.