Rare opportunity to see printmaker’s work

Church on hill by printmaker Helen Markson SUS-140325-090727001
Church on hill by printmaker Helen Markson SUS-140325-090727001

A new exhibition of work by printmaker, Helena Markson opens on Saturday, April 5, at the Emma Mason Gallery in Cornfield Terrace, Eastbourne.

Helena Markson died in 2012 and this is a rare opportunity to see her work, some of which she produced after being commissioned by well-known architect and town planner of Liverpool, Graeme Shankland.

These striking, abstracted cityscapes eloquently capture the changes underway in Liverpool in the 1960s when Shankland was in charge of the redevelopments.

Helena, who was born in London, studied at Salisbury School of Art and then at Central School of Art (1952-56).

From 1963-1966 she co-directed the first open Fine Art Printmaking Workshop in London at Charlotte Street. She set up the etching studio at Byam Shaw School of Painting, London, and also taught at Chelsea College of Art and St Martin’s School of Art.

She moved to Israel in 1970 where she co-founded the Art Department at the University of Haifa and later set up the Fine Art Print Studios.

She taught both lithography and etching and became Professor Emeritus of Haifa University.

Helena’s prints are now in collections across the world and the Emma Mason Gallery is working with her family to promote her work and all the prints for sale come directly from her former studio.

The gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm - full details at www.emmamason.co.uk or call 01323 727545.

Above: Church on Hill by Helena Markson