Review: Printmaking Exhibition - Edward Twohig

Category: Art, General, Events

An extensive show of recent artworks by Edward Twohig, the current Head of Art at Marlborough College, presently graces the Mount House Gallery.

Having had a long career within art and teaching, Mr Twohig has achieved many awards for his work. After training at Crawford College of Art, Mr Twohig furthered his studies with an M.A. in Etching and Photography at Chelsea College of Art. He was the first Irishman to receive a British Council scholarship to the college. In his more recent work, within the field of printmaking, Mr Twohig primarily makes etchings.

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Mr Twohig has a very much preferred maxim by John Ruskin, written in 1872, which states ‘You will never love art until you love what she mirrors most’. ‘She’, in this context, refers to nature. Mr Twohig is a fan and has an intermediate relationship with nature. The quote states that you can never love art until you love nature and what it reflects.

Between 5am until 7am, Mr Twohig regularly creates his etchings, inspired by nature. Taking advantage of the line, many of his drawings are made purely from intersecting lines. Some of his work portrays the simple beauty of his surroundings. He presently lives in Marlborough, but has made drawings from all over England and around the world.

He recently had a large exhibition in Azerbaijan and has made many prints of his time there. His exhibition brought with it much attention and his work has gained in popularity.

In 2016, Mr Twohig was invited to become a member of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in London. This is a highly esteemed honour and not many are granted  this.

This print won Mr Twohig a place at the Royal Society. As you can see, there are two types of work which he creates, simple lined naturalistic works and more detailed, architectural examples. He claims that the lined prints are, for him, more challenging to make. This is because more thought needs to go into it. The lines are vulnerable, so a simple mistake could ruin the etching. 

Mr Twohig’s exhibition is outstanding and inspiring to view. The effort and thought that is evident within the works aptly reflects his continuing relationship with the art of printmaking and nature.

Written by Ludo Benney (B1 Sh)

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