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Professor Steve Hoskins
Director, Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, UK

This talk will cover a brief reference to the four primary printing processes, Relief, Planographic, Intaglio, and Screenprint then place these in context with digital technology. It will debate the surface qualities and tactile nature of each process and explain through magnified examples the different characteristics of each process. Colour in digital print has evolved through computational necessity; this alongside commercial expediency has created a particular approach to the quality of colour print on paper, which has little relevance to aesthetics and surface characteristics. Artists choose their print process to match the qualities of both colour and surface to suit the requirements of an individual print, undertaking indefinable practises, such as mixing subtractive colour with white and wanting to print in multiple passes in order to control the absorbency of the ink into the substrate.

The talk will develop a rationale for assessing different practical approaches to inform a theoretical approach to colour and digital printing.

Stephen Hoskins is Hewlett Packard Professor of Fine Print and Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England Bristol UK. Apart from being a practising printmaker, his primary area of research is in multiple pass printing and its colour consequences for digital technology.

He has recently completed a new book entitled 'Ink' for A and C Black His previous book 'Water Based Screenprinting,' has been translated into German and Chinese. Stephen is on the editorial board of the journal Printmaking Today, a board member of the Association of European Printing Museums and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.

As a practising printmaker Stephen has exhibited widely throughout the world including the 5th, 6th and 7th International Exhibit of prints and drawings Taipei ROC. The 9th International Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria. The 1st Tokyo miniature print triennial Tokyo Japan. The 3rd Triennial of Miniature Prints Chamaliers, France and the 1st Malaysian Print Biennial Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

If you wish to attend the lecture please register by sending an email to Kate Featherstone@uwe.ac.uk stating number of tickets required with names of attendees and company name and address.


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