Desmet, Anne : A Book of Wood Engravings on the Subject of Masks


 

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London, Anne Desmet, 1988, Limited Edition. Hardcover, 5.5" by 4", pp. Black cloth boards with gilt motif to upper and lower board, boards containing concertinaed paper printed on both sides with nine images of masks per side and with one side also having a descriptive wood engraving printed opposite the mask image, No.15 of an edition of 25 copies signed by Anne Desmet.

Anne Desmet RA studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford and London’s Central School of Art and Design. She was awarded a scholarship at the British School at Rome in 1989, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, a Member of the Society of Wood Engravers and was editor of Printmaking Today from 1998-2013. She is an experienced printmaking tutor in many British print workshops and art colleges. Desmet uses collage and print to depict the built environment. She is engaged with the evolution of the urban landscape and its testimony to the aspirations and experiences of humanity. Her abiding subjects are Italy, London and the Babel Tower. She uses the traditional printmaking techniques of wood engraving and lino cutting, but draws on a variety of materials to create layered collages. Her work ranges from small scale, detailed examinations to sweeping, often fantastical, panoramas viewed from a bird’s eye perspective.

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