Sculptors' Prints

Projects and Finlay Room, RSA Lower Galleries

Free entry


An investigation into printmaking by sculptor members of the Royal Scottish Academy.


Many sculptors make prints. The hands-on nature of printmaking, coupled with an often very graphic 3-dimensional drawing technique, brings many sculptors to realise their work in print. Whether this is carving or gouging of wood or lino to make reductive prints, biting plates in acid for etching, separating images for screenprint or dousing limestone slabs for lithography, the maker and the material are inextricably linked in a very physical process.


This exhibition looks at a selection of the printmaking output of a number of sculptor members of the Royal Scottish Academy. Works by current members investigate the diversity of contemporary practice whilst the resource of the RSA Collection is used to enhance the selection with fine examples of 20th printmaking by past members and Honorary members of the RSA.


Highlights will include Eduardo Paolozzi's design for the 1969 Society of Scottish Artists Exhibition, Ian Hamilton Finlay's quirky and whimsical use of language and Antoni Tapies' tour-de-force of physical printmaking, through to gems such as Kenny Hunter's bold textual statements and Doug Cocker's comment on the landscape and 'sense of place' experinced on his RSA Residency on the Isle of Lewis.


To accompany these Academicians the RSA is very pleased to welcome works by two prominent American sculptor(-printmakers), Ed Smith and William Tucker, who join the selection at the invitation of the Royal Scottish Academy. Both artists have established long and illustrious careers as sculptors and both have integrated a significant body of printmaking into their practice.


Landscape, figuration, seascape, text and abstraction all feature in this new show curated especially for the RSA.


Artists include: Fred Bushe RSA | Doug Cocker RSA | Fiona Dean RSA | Ian Hamilton Finlay, CBE HRSA | Gareth Fisher RSA | Jake Harvey RSA | Kenny Hunter RSA (Elect) | Sir Eduardo Paolozzi KBE, RA, HRSA | Frances Pelly RSA | Frank Pottinger RSA | Prof Bill Scott PPRSA | Marion Smith RSA | Andy Stenhouse RSA | Fred Stiven RSA | Antoni Tapies HRSA | Michael Visocchi RSA | Arthur Watson PRSA | Ed Smith | William Tucker


Many of these works will come directly from the studio of the artists and are available for sale. Some historic works will be shown from The Collections of the Royal Scottish Academy - A Recognised Collection of National Significance.