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Paul Huxley RA

Accidental Printmaker

Sir Hugh Casson Room, The Keeper’s House, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

12 Sep — 27 Jan 2020

‘Accidental Printmaker’ explores six decades of work by artist Paul Huxley and investigates the serendipitous circumstances that attracted him to printmaking.

This display in the Sir Hugh Casson Room, the Keeper’s House, features a selection of prints from 1965-2019 by Paul Huxley RA. The works are available to buy and form a retrospective of this major part of his practice. In Huxley’s own words: “The prints I have made are scattered over the six decades I have been working, and reflect a somewhat serendipitous insight into the ideas and themes I have developed in my painting.”

Paul Huxley entered the RA Schools at the age of 17. Though he was young at the time, he had been thoroughly trained in the three central methods of printmaking: etching, lithography and block printing. During his time at the RA Schools Huxley turned his focus to painting and it was only during his first visit to the United States in 1964 that Huxley was reminded of the power of printmaking. Whilst visiting Tatyana Grosman’s workshop on Long Island, he saw prints by American artists including Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman and Jasper Johns that re-engaged him with the power of printmaking.

This display is part of the RA Editions programme, which publishes and showcases prints by Royal Academicians and invited artists. All are available to buy online, from the RA Shop at Gallery X, and through a series of displays and exhibitions within the Keeper’s House. The programme generates valuable revenue for the RA and in particular the RA Schools.

12 September 2019 — 27 January 2020

Daily 10am–6pm Friday 10am–10pm

Free, no booking required.

Sir Hugh Casson Room, The Keeper’s House, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly