Fresh off the press and here at the gallery are four brand new prints by Kate Hudson. Turning her printmaking gaze momentarily away from a sole botanical focus, these prints give focus to character-filled birds. These new prints are rendered with the same lively use of colour and decorative graphics for which the artist is highly collected.
Drawing influence from Japanese woodblocks, Art Nouveau and the Arts & Crafts movement, each of Hudsons prints provides a decorative take on nature. This approach to nature does not undermine its beauty, or its value, but instead imagines it anew. In her prints, Hudson not only shows nature for its beauty, but true to her decorative influences, articulates this beauty as a structuring and ordering entity. In a contemporary world that often gives focus on synthetic models of ‘order’, this return to nature, and its role in life and imagery, is a refreshing thing.
Each print, like its subject is highly considered and meticulously worked. Hudson prints are created by a two block linocut reduction, with each matrix using 10-12 transparent colours which build upon each other to create the vibrant palettes for which the artist is known. Because of this intricate process it can take Hudson a couple of months to make an edition of a single work. This emphasis on process is attendant to the conceptual inspirations of Hudson’s work, whereby the process of creation itself mimes the patient beauty and order of the natural world.
Each of Kate Hudson’s new prints is available to view and purchase both in the gallery and online via Hudson’s artist page.
- Kate Hudson. Rose Robins, 2017. Reduction linocut. Edition of 30. 27 x 19 cm.