Sunday, 23 September 2012

Marg McArdell

Marg McArdell
North Ireland printmaker
Looking out over the ocean
Stumbling over this woodcut print I unconsciously decided it had to be Japanese. The reason: my "déja vu", remembering the beach print by Kanae Yamamoto (1882-1946) I showed in an earlier posting.
Felix Valloton (1865-1925) saw similar possibillities about the outlook but using the clair obscure the opposite way. 

Marg McArdell is participating these months in the exhibition and contest in Falmouth: the third Open International Contemporary Print Competition in South West Cornwall UK, 2012.
the rude rough sea
This above print was the only other example I could find by her. In both prints she shows a remarkable abililty to create great panoramic depth and atmosphere with a minimal means. In the footsteps (or on the shoulders) of German expressionist printmakers like Wilhelm Laage (1868-1930), and

Emil Nolde (1867-1956) who also were able to created more with less.

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