'End Papers' is an exhibition of paintings dedicated to the transient beauty of the printed book; fast becoming the dinosaur of our generation. The electrical digital impulse is creeping into the home, the workplace, indeed every aspect of our lives and minds. With the death of this generation, the new era will have less and less contact with the paper and ink of the past 500 years. Museums will be the final conservationists to this antiquated means of communication. Our children will, no doubt lose the tactile fascination for beautiful papers, just as we now easily accept the loss of the prefix, 'im' to the word 'imprint'. read more »
The mass-produced printed book had its origins in Germany in the 15th Century. Many of us are aware of Johannes Gutenberg and his impact on this revolution, less so about his contemporary Albrecht Pfister, the first printer to marry pictures and illustration alongside the printed word. My maiden name is Pfister. I have been told my origins are German. Unwittingly, text has always been an integral part of my work as an artist.
I dedicate this work to the generations of printers and the precious produce of their labours. may they never be forgotten. « shrink