British Journal of Canadian Studies

Tradition and Technology in Contemporary Canadian Printmaking

British Journal of Canadian Studies (2009), 22, (1), 1–14.

Abstract

This article will seek to introduce readers to an aspect of Canadian cultural life that is perhaps little known – printmaking – and, in particular, to three major figures. It will explore how their work is representative of new, less traditional approaches to printmaking. Most people think of printmaking as a 'traditional' art and it is true that traditional forms still have an important place. However, printmakers have always been happy to adopt the latest commercial innovations, and adapt their traditional skills and concepts to take account of technological advances. Much contemporary printmaking makes use of new technologies, especially digital print techniques. This article will discuss contemporary printmakers Richard Lacroix, Barbara Zeigler and Wayne Eastcott, all of whom have introduced new technologies into their work and who, in certain cases, may be said to be at the cutting edge. The article will also demonstrate how the work of these artists, although individualistic, reflects both their belief in collaboration and the accelerating internationalisation of art.

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Rolfe, Christopher