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International Artists

Allik, Peeter

Peter Allik, Kunst/Art

Kunst (Art)

Linocut on paper, 6/20 ed., 1992
56 cm x 76.5 cm
© P. Allik

(b. 1966, Estonia) Printmaker, painter.
Peeter Allik is a member of the Estonian Printmakers Association. His linocuts attempt to imitate the woodcut technique that was popular in the 19th century and his work is inspired by politics, culture, history, freedom, imprisonment and art itself.

Peeter's work is represented in collections in the Tartu Art Museum, Estonia, and the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia.

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Arrak, Jüri

Tornid (Turrets)

Lithograph on paper, 93/100 ed., 1998
60 cm x 50 cm

(b.1936, Tallinn, Estonia) Printmaker. painter, illustrator, actor.
Jüri Arrak studied at the Estonian State Art Institue and is a member of the Estonian Artist's Association and since 2003, a member of the European Academy of Sciences & Arts. In 1999 he was elected to the list of first ten artists in "A Hundred Great Estonians of the 20th Century".

Represented in the following collections: Estonian Museum of Art, Tallinn, Estonia, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, New Orleans Museum of Art, USA, Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia and Ludwig Art Museum, Cologne, Germany.

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Arroyo, Imna

Imna Arroyo, Goddess of Rain

Goddess of Rain (Dios de la Lluvia)

Chine colle, collograph, woodcut on Ries paper, 9/30 ed., 2000
56.5 cm x 76.5 cm
© I. Arroyo

(b. 1951, Guayama, Puerto Rico) Printmaker.
Imna's work was acquired as part of Portfolio 2000: Worlds of Printmaking which took place at The University of Connecticut, and was a collection of prints from various academics from around the world.

Imna's work can be found in collections in the Museo de las Americas, Leon, Nicaragua; African American Cultural Center, Yale University & Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; and Art Book Archive, Franklin Furnace, New York, USA.

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Birtchnell, Mike

Mike Birtchnell, Turnaround (from Portfolio 2000: Worlds of Printmaking)


Etching and drypoint on Mes white paper, 9/20 ed., 1999
56.5 cm x 75.5 cm
© M. Birtchnell

(b. 1959, United Kingdom) Printmaker.
Mike Birtchnell is a senior lecturer in Printmaking at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) Dublin, Ireland. Whilst living in Australia Mike initiated several important projects that lifted the profile of printmaking within Australia during the 1990's. These were the Australian Print Media Awards held at Casula Powerhouse in 1996 and 1997, sponsored by UWS, as well as establishing the open access printmaking workshop at Bankstown Campus, UWS, which enabled many important exchanges between Australian and International artists in the production of commercial print portfolios.

Mike's work is represented in numerous corporate and public collections, notably Coca-Cola (International), Boston Arts, USA, Art Council of Great Britain, U.K. and Brown University, New York, USA.

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Cohn, Ruth

Ruth Cohn, Wind Surface

Wind Surface

Silkscreen print on paper, A/P, 1999
100 cm x 70 cm
© R. Cohn

(b. Israel) Printmaker, painter, teacher.
During the Autumn semester of 1999, Ruth Cohn, Senior Lecturer, Department of Art at the University of Haifa, Israel was a visiting artist in residence at Bankstown Campus. Ruth worked on a series of prints for eight weeks which endeavoured to connect painterly ideas and influences into prints.

Ruth is represented in many international collections such as The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Haifa Museum of Modern Art, Haifa, Israel; The Goldman Gallery, Haifa; The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA; Berkeley University, Berkeley, California, USA; and New York University, New York, USA.

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Feddersen, Joe

Joe Feddersen, Butterfly (from Portfolio 2000: Worlds of Printmaking)


Silligraphy, serigraphy, relief on Rives BFK paper, 9/20 ed., 1999
56.5 cm x 76.5 cm
© J. Feddersen

Joe Fedderson is a Colville native American artist, whose works are deeply influenced by traditional Colville textiles.

Joe has taught at Evergreen State College, Olympia, W.A. USA, since 1989, as well as having run numerous printmaking workshops throughout the USA. He is represented in numerous corporate and public collections, which include the Department of Interior, Indian Arts & Crafts Board, Washington D.C; Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizonia; Microsoft Collection, Bellevue, WA; Portland Art Museum, Portland; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA. and the University of Hawaii, Hellio, HA.

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Ferguson, Russell

Russell Ferguson, Oz House (from Portfolio 2000: Worlds of Printmaking)

Oz House

Lithograph on paper, 1998
50 cm x 40 cm
© R. Ferguson

(b. USA) Printmaker, sculptor, drawing.
Russell Ferguson studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and Yale University. He is presently Assistant Professor at Kansas City Art Institute, USA.

Russell's works are held in private collections regionally in the USA and internationally. In addition to academic awards and fellowships, Russell has received travel grants to Germany, Scotland, Spain and within the USA and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

During 1998 he was an artist in residence at the University's Bankstown campus. The University acquired some of the works that he produced during this period of residency within the Printmaking Department. These prints were later developed into room size installation pieces.

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Friese, Nancy

Nancy Friese, River Aven (from Portfolio 2000: Worlds of Printmaking)

River Aven

Three colour woodcut, three blocks, chine colle, 9/30 ed., undated
56.5 cm x 76.6 cm
© N. Friese

(b. Fargo, North Dakota, USA)
Nancy Friese was one of the principal organisers of the "Different Worlds of Printmaking" World Printmaking Portfolio, an international print exchange, which the University acquired in 2000. The project involved internationally established, mid-career professional artists.

Nancy is a graduate of Yale University School of Art and is a Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she is also the Dean of Graduate Studies Division. Her professional affiliations include ArtTable, the Board of Directors of the College Art Association and co-founder of the Printmaking Network of Southern New England.

Nancy's work is represented in various collections, such as Colby College Museum of Art, North Dakota Museum of Art, University of Arizona, William Benton Museum of Art, Yale University Gallery of Art and Muscarelle Museum of Art.

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Gollifer, Sue

Sue Gollifer, Untitled Chi (from Portfolio 2000: Worlds of Printmaking)

Untitled Chi

Computer generated iris print, 9/20 ed., 1999
56.5 cm x 76.5 cm
© S. Gollifer

(b. 1944, United Kingdom)
Sue Gollifer is a senior lecturer in Fine Arts/Printmaking at the University of Brighton. Although her work is concerned with the traditional media of printmaking, she has in recent years, experimented with computer generated imagery, such as laser-based scanning and printing techniques.

Sue's work is represented in various public collections such as the British Council Collection, Cambridge Art Gallery, Billingham Art Gallery, University of Sussex, Victoria and Albert Museum, University of York, and the Museum of Kharkov, Ukraine.

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Nair, Surendran


Oil paint on steel, 1996
142 cm x 119.5 cm

(b. 1956 Onakkoor, Kerala, India) Printmaker.
Surendran Nair's background and work is typical in many ways of those artists engaging in the new literatures of post-colonialism. A personal philosophy of Hindu/Humanism underpins his work, which he describes primarily as having a "psychological ambience".

Surendran's work was acquired during his eight week residency at the University's Bankstown Campus in 1996 as a result of a collaboration between the University, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery.

The aim of the residency, which was partly funded by the Australia Council was to encourage an ongoing relationship between Australian and Asian artists and art managers, and was part of the Council's "Australia-India New Horizons" promotion during the mid 1990's.

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Sithiratn, Ajarn Vichai

Ajarn Vichai Sithiratn, Buddha


Bronze sculpture, 1993/2000
69 cm x 43 cm x 26 cm

(b. 1947 Nakhon, Phanom, Thailand).
Ajarn Vichai Sithiratn is one of the foremost Buddhist Sculptors in Thailand. Since 1993, he has been the official sculptor to Queen Sirikit. He is a lecturer in the Sculpture Department at Silpakorn University, Bangkok.

In 1993 Ajarn was a Visiting Fellow at the University's Penrith Campus. Whilst at the University he worked in the foundry to produce a Buddhist sculpture, which the University later acquired.

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Vasserman, Benjamin

Benjamin Vasserman, Uritus II (Attempt II)

Uritus II (Attempt II)

Etching & Aquatint on paper, 20/50 ed., 1995
21.5 cm x 24 cm
© B. Vasserman

(B.1949, Estonia) Printmaker
Benjamin Vasserman studied at the Estonian Academy of Art (Graphic art) from 1973 -1979 and began to exhibit in 1978. He is a member of the Estonian Artist's Association. In 2001 he won the annual Estonian Printmaking award, "Printmaker of the Year". In 2003 Benjamin won second prize in the 10th International Biennale of Small Forms & Ex-Libris, held in Ostrrow Wielkopolski, Poland. Also in 2003 Benjamin won the Gold prize at the International Print
Bienniale in Beijing, China.

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Yazzie, Melanie

Melanie Yazzie, Silent Symbols (from Portfolio 2000: Worlds of Printmaking)

Silent Symbols

Lithograph on Rives BFK, 9/20 ed., 1999
56.5 cm x 76.5 cm
© M. Yazzie

(b. Navajo Reservation in North Eastern Arizona, USA) Printmaking, mixed media & installations, ceramics.
Melanie Yazzie was educated at Arizona State University and the University of Colorado. She is presently Assistant Professor in the College of Fine Arts, University of Arizona, USA.

Melanie has worked nationally within the USA and internationally through residencies in Paris, New Zealand, Alaska and Russia. Her work is held in collections in the Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, Alaska, the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, Arizona State Museum, Tempe, Art Museum of Missoula, Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University, Athens, OH, and the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia.

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