Wood engraving has a long history, with Albrecht Dürer one of its most famous practitioners. Traditionally associated with natural history subjects, wood engravings are one of the simplest yet most exquisite form of printmaking. The Society of Wood Engravers’ 84th Annual Exhibition at Frames Gallery in Perth features over 120 works by British and international engravers, and Frames is the only Scottish venue to host this prestigious travelling show, which it is doing for the fifth time.
Founded in 1920 by a group of artists which included Philip Hagreen, Robert Gibbings, Lucien Pissaro, Gwen Raverat and Eric Gill, the Society’s annual exhibition has in the past featured works by Paul Gauguin and John and Paul Nash. After a period of decline following the second world war, the society was revitalised in the 1980s by a group of printmakers including Dunfermline-born Hilary Paynter, who is showing in this exhibition.
All the work is for sale, with the average price for an unframed print £120.