Black Print 23
Woodblock Print
122cm x 60.5cm

Irena Keckes

Irena Keckes (b. 1974, Karlovac, Croatia) studied BA Fine Art, University of Zagreb, Academy of Fine Arts, Croatia (2000); MFA printmaking, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan (2005) and Ph.D in Fine Arts, University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Arts, New Zealand (2015). Selected groups exhibitions include: Festival of Pacific Arts Guam 2016, Guam Museum & Isla Centre for the Arts, Guam (2016); Printmaking in Post-Print Age, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou (2015); Elam International Printmaking Workshop Exhibition, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2015). Solo exhibitions include: Dialogues & Evocations: Irena Keckes / Nim Flora Chan, Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, New Zealand (2015); Irena Keckes Woodcuts, Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri, New Zealand (2014/2015); Mindful Repetitions, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2014). Recent prizes include: University of Guam Travel Grant to SGCI 2016 Conference (2016); College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Travel Grant, University of Guam to Impact9 International Printmaking Conference in Hangzhou, China (2015) and University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship to study Ph.D in Fine Arts at University of Auckland, New Zealand (2011-14). She lives and works on Guam.  

Keckes has lived and worked in diverse artistic and intellectual environments including Croatia, Japan, USA, New Zealand and Guam which have shaped her approach to art making and thinking.  

She says, “Merging intellectual and physical acts of making, and mind-body interrelations have been key components of my artistic query. My ongoing research through printmaking practice of woodcut continues through the cycle of monochrome prints titled Black Prints. Large-scale prints Black Print # 23, Black Print # 24, and Black Print # 28 are composed of multiple papers, like a riddle, through which I continue to explore the process of carving as a meditative practice. While using one of the oldest printmaking methods, my prints have placed an equal importance on concepts and technologies, blending art with craft, and body with mind.”  


You can see Irena Keckes' work at Gallery North

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