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Soden Collection Print Shop & Art of Lithography
03 Oct 2022

A new exhibition opens at The Soden Collection on Wyle Cop this week (Saturday, October 8th) to coincide with the opening of the new Soden Print Shop. Pictures: Yasmin Owen

Original works from the archive of the world-renowned Curwen Studio will go on show at the Art of Lithography Exhibition at the Soden Collection on Wyle Cop this week - and with the launch of the new Soden Print Shop, you'll be able to take a little piece of the exhibition home, at a fraction of the price!

Curwen has been a byword for excellence in the art world for more than a century - by the 1930s, major artists of the day were being encouraged to work directly on lithographic stone, producing some of the world's finest pieces of printed art. 

The exhibition will feature rare lithographs from Sir Kyffin Williams, Paula Rego, Sir Peter Blake, Mary Fedden, Antony Micallef, John Bellany, Patrick Proctor, Joseph Herman, Edwina Sandys and many more. 

The exhibition coincides with the opening of the new Soden Print Shop, which is set to offer an extensive portfolio of high quality prints of many of these, as a permanent feature of the Soden Collection. 

Gallery owner Jonathan Soden said: "Artists have always been fascinated by print, from Stone Age hand stencils to Warhol’s Soup Cans, print has been a favoured medium for creative expression. Not only do we want to highlight the art itself but also the artistry of printmaking and what can be achieved in this field."

Soden Print shop

Jonathan cites the work of master lithographer Stanley Jones MBE, who worked at the famous Curwen Studio in Chilford: "His involvement at the Curwen was pushing the boundaries of what could be done in print and this encouraged major artists to work with Stanley to create their own limited edition prints. The reputation of Stanley and Curwen was impeccable and known worldwide.

"We are proud to have a large amount of work printed either by Stanley or under his watchful and trained eye. We pride ourselves on offering exceptional quality, limited edition prints by some of the UK’s most celebrated artists."

The Soden Print Shop will offer for sale work by Royal Academicians Mary Fedden, Paula Rego, John Bellany, Sir Kyffin Williams and Philip Sutton, as well artwork by esteemed artists such as, Wilf Roberts, Mark Hearld, Edwina Sandys, Anthony Micallef and many more. 

Jonathan added: "We have some unreleased work by Kyffin Williams RA as well as full print editions by Paula Rego, Kyffin, Peter Blake, Mary Fedden and so many more which will be available to purchase. It's an exhibition the Tate would be proud to have!

"Prices start from £45 and we also have a framing service you can select the frame you wish for the piece or you can take the piece unframed. There are some BIG names here and its something I am massively proud to be able to offer such great things.

"We also are able to offer interest free over 10 months for anything over £100 in the Print Shop, which will be another great feature in making great quality art accessible."

For more information visit: sodencollection.com/print-shop

Soden print shop customer 1
Soden print shop customer 2
Curwen Studio 50tth anniversary print