LUKE SCIBERRAS: A Life in Print
11 June - 7 August 2022
“The thrill and grind of working in a printmakers studio is one of the great inverting forces in the art world. The chemistry, mathematics and mechanics of printmaking and the reversed image can spilt the image making process into at once a wild free-falling adventure and exacting science.”
- Luke Sciberras, 2016
Hill End based artist Luke Sciberras has donated 64 prints to the permanent collection of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, the largest single donation of work ever made to the collection. The artist has also confirmed his intention to donate one print from each series he makes in the future to mark his life’s journey in prints.
Sciberras studied printmaking during his formative years in Campbelltown. In 2002 fellow artist Garry Shead introduced him to master printmaker Basil Hall, which led to the production of a series of evocative etchings inspired by his drawings of Hill End.
Included in the BRAG gift are rare drypoint etchings and linocuts created on a cast-iron etching press that Sciberras has had in his studio for more than 20 years. The press was given to him in 1998 by artist Peter Wright; prior to that, it had been owned by artist John Olsen, and before him by artist Clifton Pugh.
Over the years Sciberras has collaborated with master printers at Basil Hall Editions, Cicada Press (Michael Kempson), Hill End Press (Bill Moseley and Genevieve Carroll), Laura Jones, Mirra Whale, Port Jackson Press and Whaling Road Studio (Diana Davidson and Peter Stevens).
A selection of the gifted prints and related drawings will be on presented in conjunction with Luke Sciberras: Side of the Sky survey.
A BRAG Exhibition
Left: Luke with Goanna ething, photo courtesy of the Artist.
Centre: Luke Sciberras, Hill End, 1997, linoprint on paper. Printed by the Artist. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery collection. Gift of the Artist 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Right: Luke Sciberras, Raven II, 2018, etching and aquatint on paper. Printed by Whaling Road Studio. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery collection. Gift of the Artist 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program. Photo: Joel Tonks