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Paul Catherall: Futures Past - 20 Years Of Linocuts at The Gallery @ Oxo

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Acclaimed British printmaker Paul Catherall returns to the South Bank for a major retrospective, spanning 20 years of his bold and beautiful linocuts. Taking in old classics, including his now iconic prints of Battersea Power Station, the National Theatre and Tate Modern; commissions for high profile clients including the Southbank Centre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Transport for London; and new, more abstract architectural pieces, this show brings together some of Catherall's best known artworks and displays his signature style and movement to mastery of the linocutting medium. Futures Past is Catherall's ode to an ever-changing London skyline. Drawing on the best traditions of classic midcentury poster design, Paul utilises his expert eye for composition and colour to inject his prints with fresh energy, dragging old icons kicking and screaming into the 21st century and imbuing new buildings with a nostalgic edge. One of Transport for London's most prolific poster artists of recent years, Paul began his career as a figurative illustrator. He came to printmaking in 1998, drawn to the handcrafted, step-by-step process of linocutting, and inspired to create a series of London images to mark how the city was changing as the Millennium approached. "The Millennium Dome was being built, Bankside was being converted to Tate Modern. I wanted to capture that moment," he recalls. Following a series of hugely successful London solo shows, Paul's work was spotted by Transport for London's Poster Art Commissioner Michael Walton, who remembers being "electrified". Walton says: "The rest is history. Transport for London has commissioned and displayed many works by Paul and his first for us, Tate Modern [above], is a reminder of his huge talent, which, enhanced by time, has developed into what I consider to be the foremost linocut artist at work today. "Paul's work resonates with anyone with a love of architecture, and his own passions translate with a simplicity of form that belies the immense work that each piece requires. In many ways Paul is the master of 'less is more'." Over the past two decades high profile commissions have included the Royal Shakespeare Company to commemorate the transformation of its Stratford theatres in 2010; a series of limited edition linocuts of the Southbank Centre; and, most recently, an image of the historic Iron Bridge at Telford for a hugely popular English Heritage campaign to restore and conserve it.

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The Gallery @ Oxo

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Oxo Tower Wharf
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SE1 9PH
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