Hahnemühle UK are sponsoring the forthcoming Redman-Holmes Exhibition in Mayfair, read the press release (in full):
A fascinating exhibition is about to open in a top gallery in London’s fashionable Pall Mall, which will feature the collaborative work of photographer Paul Redman and artist David Holmes.
When they devised the concept several years ago, Paul and David had already decided that one of the main aims was to intrigue and, hopefully, to enchant the beholder with immaculately executed, but often enigmatic, images of the world around us.
This combination of talents allows a broad spectrum of work to be tackled, almost without limit other than to the extent of the imagination. That which you would think you could paint but can’t, and that which you would think you could photograph but can’t, has now been combined into an effect only achievable by combining the two skills.
Subjects range from flowers and insects through affectionate twists to familiar landscapes, together with occasional amiable inclusions of the kind of additions which might have been made by other favourite painters such as Cecil Collings and Alfred Wallis, this purely as an act of respect and homage to their talents
Redman and Holmes have coined the neologism ‘Photo-Peinture’ to describe this technique.
The work is based around very carefully discussed, selected and photographed subjects. These are inkjet printed using an Epson Photo R1900 printer onto Hanemuehle FineArt paper. The extra dimension being added through the use of acrylic, oil and water- colour paints applied directly to the surface of the print.
The result is then re-scanned to a large file size by master digital printer Ted Chau and printed onto Hahnemuehle museum quality paper or canvas.
All of this instantly moves the original idea on to a new level in terms of technique and clarity.
The exhibition opens on 7th May 2009 and closes on 17th May and is at La Galleria, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 4UY.
The weekend of 15-17 May coincides with the experimental all night opening of most of the State galleries for that weekend only, entitled ‘Museums du Nuit’
The middle one of five sons, Paul Redman was born in Lancashire, England.
After leaving Grammar School Paul decided to pursue a career as a photographer having recently won a category in ‘The Weekend Telegraph’ photographic competition. Formal training in photography in those days was limited to studying for a City and Guilds certificate, the syllabus at that time being so out of date as to be completely irrelevant to the newly emergent demands of the publishing and advertising industries.
Paul then assisted the very best photographers he could find in London to learn his craft, which is still the best way of doing it.
Early editorial commissions were quickly followed by a long career in advertising during which he has been commissioned by Waitrose, The French and English Tourist Boards, Amex, Intercontinental Hotels, Ideal Standard, Sony, Getty Images, Nissan, Bae Systems, Dulux and Graham’s Port.
He has won numerous national and international awards and has most recently photographed a Pan-European retail advertising campaign for Sony.
After leaving art college, David Holmes straightaway joined the advertising agency Colman Prentis and Varley.
Eventually becoming founder and creative director of another advertising agency, Holmes Knight Richie.
David has always worked as a painter, illustrator, designer and art director and has won numerous poster and design awards in the UK and worldwide. He currently works out of his studio, reached through a Japanese walled garden in Primrose Hill.
David’s paintings and illustrations are in collections in the UK and abroad. His work is in the V&A’s collection of contemporary illustrations and he has been commissioned by Penguin Books, Marks & Spencer,
Singapore Airlines, The Royal Mail, Duchy Originals, Graham’s Port and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
He has just designed a new postage stamp for the Royal Mail.
Home House Gallery, London……2002
The Mall Gallery, London…………2005
Brick Lane Gallery, London……….2006
The Dover Street Arts Club……. 2008
PHOTO – PEINTURE IN MORE DETAIL.
Having discussed an idea between themselves Paul Redman, the photographer, and David Holmes, the artist, agree on a subject and an approach.
Paul finds or creates the subject matter and photographs it, making allowances within the composition for the areas which are to be painted, and digitally prints onto an A3 inkjet paper which must also have the ability to react perfectly with acrylic or watercolour paints.
After considerable research it was found that by far the most suitable paper was 308gsm Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Fine Art paper, with the best printer being an Epson Photo R1900 with its dedicated multiple inks system.
David paints directly onto the print.
The print is then re-scanned to a very large file size and printed in limited editions of 8 using an Epson Digital Ink Pigment process and printer onto either Hahnemuehle Museum Quality Canvas, which is then stretched, or onto Museum quality Fine Art paper and displayed under glass. The colour management and printing is done by Ted Chau at Chau Digital.
These large limited edition prints, signed and numbered, are part of a collaboration between the photographer and the artist, for which they have coined the descriptive term ‘photo-peinture’ and are for sale at the exhibition.