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Sat 21 Jan 2012 15:30 BBC Radio 4

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Tuesday 17 January 2012

What do Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink, Paula Rego, David Hockney and Man Ray have in common? They have all worked with legendary print maker, Stanley Jones. Susan Aldworth takes the chance to be his apprentice, to hear his tales, and learn his skills.
In the 1950's the printmaking skill-base in the UK had almost completely disappeared until W S Hayter - founder of the legendary Atelier 17 studio in Paris - persuaded a talented young artist from Wigan to study the art of lithography, a skill which had been lost in the UK since the time of Whistler.
On his return to Britain, Stanley Jones spearheaded a rapid expansion in British Printmaking - today he is revered in artistic circles as one of the greatest print makers alive. Now in his 70s Stanley Jones's clients read like a roll-call of the 20th century's great British artists.

Artist Susan Aldworth was invited to be Artist in Residence at the Curwen Studio, which Stanley was involved in setting up in the 1950's - the Tate Gallery has a special archive devoted to the studio's work. In 'The Print Master', we join them amongst the thundering and clanking machinery of the print works, now near Cambridge, as Stanley initiates Susan in the art of lithography, hearing tales of artists he has worked with over the past 50 years. And what artists!

Today lithography is under threat as increasing numbers of Art Schools have disposed of their lithography presses and there are few technicians who fully understand the process. This is a unique chance to work with the world expert in this discipline, and for the listener to discover more about this art.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall.

  • Pots of lithographic ink stacked against the wall of the Curwen Studios

    Pots of lithographic ink stacked against the wall of the Curwen Studios

  • Presenter and artist Susan Aldworth at the Curwen Studios during her time working with Stanley Jones

    Presenter and artist Susan Aldworth at the Curwen Studios during her time working with Stanley Jones

  • Susan Aldworth and Stanley Jones inspecting the lithographic print they are working on together

    Susan Aldworth and Stanley Jones inspecting the lithographic print they are working on together

  • Mary, the print assistant at the Curwen cleaning the on the lithographic press

    Mary, the print assistant at the Curwen cleaning the on the lithographic press

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