We're delighted to be working with Peter Green OBE RE, representing a collection of Peter's prints from the 1960s and 1970s.
In the early 1960s the director of London Graphics Arts (also known as The London Arts Group), Eugene Schuster, recruited Peter who joined an impressive list of young printmakers including Trevor Allen, Harvey Daniels, Derrick Greaves, Ronald King, Frank Martin, Brian Perrin, Brian Rice and Ian Tyson.
London Graphic Arts primarily published large coloured prints for sale to the corporate market. Schuster held an extensive range of prints by European Modern masters (including Picasso and Matisse) but commissioned new editions, or part editions, from young contemporary artists for placing primarily in public buildings. He developed the concept of publishing editions and paid most of the artists a monthly retainer.
Green remembers “I think I was paid around £25-£30 a month (not as much as the artists at Alecto!) but a significant sum for that period. We normally produced one or two editions per month at the peak - most of the editions were of 20 prints.”
Green would produce a number of large plywood block prints, printed without a press, with most of the colour being applied directly using paper stencils - a method that the artist uses to this day.
Peter Green: The Workmanship of Uncertainty
Published Spring 2016. Written by Nathaniel Hepburn
St Jude’s are pleased to be publishing the first major work on the printmaker Peter Green under our Random Spectacular imprint. If you'd like to receive details of this new book closer to the publication date - and to save 10% on our publication price - please sign up to our e-mail newsletter.