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The Artists' Press Gallery (A to L by Surname)

The Artists' Press Gallery (M to X by Surname)

Our Story...

In 1991, The Artists' Press opened its doors in Newtown, Johannesburg, under the direction of Tamarind Master Printer Mark Attwood. The print studio is primarily a lithography studio providing artists in southern Africa with a workshop dedicated to creating, publishing and selling limited edition hand-printed work. In 2002, we relocated to a farming area outside White River in Mpumalanga, South Africa. In the purpose-built print studio, the press does lithography, letterpress, mono printing and relief printing.

Mark Attwood is the director of the studio and is the Master Printer. He has worked in the printing field since 1981, and apprenticed at The Broederstroom Press. Attwood later trained in hand printing at Lowick House Print Workshop (UK) and The Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (USA).

Mark elaborates: "In 1991, after completing the Master Printer Training Programme at Tamarind Institute in New Mexico, I decided that I was going to dedicate my time to working collaboratively with southern African artists. I have had the incredible experience of working on editions with over 130 artists, mostly South Africans but also artists from Ghana, Ethiopia, the United States, Burundi, Britain, France and the Netherlands. Not many people get to work so closely with artists to help them realise their work; it has been an enormous privilege. Each artist has a unique approach to working in print, and I adapt the process to their requirements to get the best possible results.

Print collaboration is when a skilled artist works with a skilled printer to create a print that neither could make in isolation. The artist has their own concepts and style of working that is uniquely theirs, but their grasp of the technical aspects of printmaking and lithography may be thin. The master printer has all the technical skills, but their artistic abilities may be limited to doodling on a notepad. The two are experts in their independent fields and come together at the press to make something greater than the two halves, to allow the artist full expression with print. Collaboration allows the artist to focus on the image while the printer ensures it is technically possible."

The Artists' Press is focussed on collaborating with artists to produce the highest quality prints possible. All work printed at the studio is hand done. We use acid-free paper and the most light-fast inks available. We continually explore new ways to innovate and challenge what we do. All editions are carefully curated and documented. Once editions have been printed and signed, the plate or stone is defaced, thus preserving the integrity of the edition and ensuring that no second editions are printed. Documentation sheets are available, on request, for all editions made at the studio.

The studio uses one chop: TAP, the initials of The Artists' Press. The chop reflects the form of a hand lithography press seen from the side. All prints produced at the studio get embossed with this chop.

Listen to Mark Attwood talking about how he started The Artists' Press and the importance of printmaking in South Africa on this podcast by Hello, Print Friend recorded in 2021.

How we select the artists that we work with in the print studio

Artists whose original prints are available from us are carefully selected and individuals who are published by The Artists' Press are published by invitation only. We focus on southern Africa and strive to publish work which reflects the diverse experiences of the region and which is of the highest artistic integrity. We work with professionals who have successfully exhibited work of a consistently high standard and who are among the top South African artists. They are selected in terms of the high standard of their work and not because they follow a particular school, the emphasis being on excellence rather than a specific style. This means that the work available from our print studio is diverse and is a reflection of the variety of work available in South Africa as well as representing the conceptual concerns of South African artists. These vary from work that analyses contemporary social and political issues, abstract landscapes to the human figure and language.

Occasionally we work with a relatively unknown practitioner, often people who would be considered "outsider artists". This is in line with our aim of introducing people to printmaking and of assisting those who are on the fringe of the contemporary art scene in South Africa. These projects are exciting as one is dealing with the unknown and the coming together of technique and creativity in an inspired way.

Work published by The Artists' Press and available from us via this website includes artists' books, portfolios of prints and single prints.

Work published and printed by The Artists' Press is in numerous private and corporate collections. Public collections include: The Smithsonian Institute, The National Gallery of Australia, Tate Modern (London), Bodleian Library (Oxford University), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), US Library of Congress, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), University of the Witwatersrand Gallery Collection, Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery, South African National Archive, Museum of Modern Art (New York), University of Cape Town, The Art Institute of Chicago (USA), Winterthur Library (Switzerland), Durban Art Gallery, University of Johannesburg and Yale University (USA).

Litho stones waiting to be grained.

Jacky Tsila graining stones.

Mark Attwood working on a project for William Kentridge.

Artists Who Have Worked at The Artists' Press

The following artists have made editions of prints at The Artists' Press print studio, to see the work you can go to the artists pages or take a look at our archive pages:

Adams, Albert (RSA/UK)
Alborough, Alan (RSA)
Arnott, Lauryn (Zimbabwe/Australia)
Attwood, Simon (RSA)
Avery, Eric (USA)
Bailey, Beezy (RSA)
Bambo, Lucas (RSA)
Bell, Deborah (RSA)
Berens, Georgina. (RSA)
Berman, Kim (RSA)
Beck, Paola (RSA)
Benadé, Hanneke (RSA)
Bertram, Henning (Germany)
Bezabih, Behailu (Ethiopia)
Bickle, Berry (Zimbabwe)
Blignaut, Belinda (RSA)
Bob, Coex'ae (Botswana)
Böröcz, Andras (USA)
Boshoff, Willem (RSA)

Botes, Conrad (RSA)
Botha, Elza (RSA)
Brenner, Joni (RSA)
Carimbwe, Julietta (RSA)
Carimbwe, Katunga (RSA)
Catherine, Norman (RSA)
Cao, Sara (Botswana)
Chiliza, Sibonelo (RSA)
Clarke-Brown, Gabriel (RSA)
Coco, Koaba (Botswana)
Corneille (Belgium/France)
Daymond, Karin (RSA)
Deanin-Abbey, Rita (USA)
Delaney, James (RSA)
Diedericks, Chris (RSA)
Dikuanga, Joao (RSA)
Dikuanga, Zurietta (RSA)
Dumville, Anthony (RSA)
Faith 47 (RSA)
Frier, Gary (RSA)
GAP (France)
Geers, Kendell (Belgium/RSA)
Gregory, Joy (UK)
Goje, Sandile (RSA)
Hattingh, Flip (RSA)
Heiser, Roswitha (Germany)
Hibbert, Erika (RSA)
Hurwitz, Harry (USA)
Hodgins, Robert (RSA)
Jali, Thami (RSA)
Kase, Thamae (Botswana)
Kannemeyer, Anton (RSA)
Kehew, Elaine (USA/Kenya)
Kennedy, Espoir (Burundi)
Kentridge, William (RSA)
Khoza, Banele (RSA/Eswatini)
Koloane, David (RSA)
Kruger, Marieke (RSA)
Kwami Atta (Ghana)
Ledimo, Moleleki Frank (RSA)
Legae, Ezrom (RSA)
Letlape, Philemon (RSA)
Lipkin, Eileen (RSA)
Louw, Johann (RSA)
Mabaso, Dumisani (RSA)
Makwena, Ditiro (Botswana)
Malemane, Sello (RSA)
Mangana, Qwaa (Botswana)
Manthosi, Alsetah (Mozambique/RSA)
Marais, Eugenie (RSA)
Mashile, Colbert (RSA)
Mason, Judith (RSA)
Mason, Tamar (RSA)
Masuku, Aletah (Mozambique/RSA)
Mautloa, Patrick (RSA)
Mntambo, Nandipha (RSA)
Moore, John (RSA)
Motswai, Tommy (RSA)
Msimang, Selby (RSA)
Nagel, Sybilla (RSA)
Naude, Andre (RSA)
Ncokg'o, Qgoma (Botswana)
Ndala, Freciano (RSA)
Ndinisa, Roy (RSA)
Neethling, Jan (RSA)
Ngomane, Dorah (Mozambique/RSA)
Nigrini, Michelle (RSA)
Nkotsi, Tony (RSA)
Nkuna, Thomas (RSA)
Nhlengethwa, Sam (RSA)
Deborah Nodder (RSA/Germany)
Ntcox'o, Cg'ose (Botswana)
Oltmann, Walter (RSA)
Penn, Richard (RSA)
Penn, Robyn (RSA)
Pole, Fiona (RSA)
Pfrunder, George (Switzerland)
Qgam, Coex'ae (Dada) (Botswana)
Qaetcao, Moses (Botswana)
Qhomatca, Nxaedom (Botswana)
Qhomatca, Xgaiga (Botswana)
Ractliff, Jo (RSA)
Romm, Nina (RSA)
Schonfeldt, Joachim (RSA)
Schreuders, Claudette (RSA)
Scott, Richard (RSA)
Sebidi, Mmakgabo Helen (RSA)
Setshogo, Thamae (Botswana)
Shipipa, Flai (RSA)
Sihlali, Durant (RSA)
Siopis, Penny (RSA)
Smith, Kathryn (RSA)
Stopforth, Paul (RSA/USA)
Taase, Nc'abe (Botswana)
Tcega, Jan (Botswana)
Tcuixgao, Xaga (Botswana)
Thekiso, Winston (RSA)
Torr, Nina (RSA)
Tshabu, Kg'akg'am (Botswana)
Van den Berg, Clive (RSA)
Van der Merwe, Strijdom (RSA)
Verhoef, Toon (Netherlands)
Victor, Diane (RSA)
Xaba, Nhlanhla (RSA)
X'are, Xgaoc'o (Botswana)

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