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My Florence

I’ve visited Florence many times since my days as an art student. I’ve usually wanted to commune with and draw favourite paintings and sculpture. I’ve always enjoyed being in places where Renaissance artists worked and it’s been fascinating to see the restorations since the enormous damage of the Arno floods more than fifty years ago.

Recently I visited with a different purpose. I had the privilege of working with a master printmaker (Ron Pokrasso) in the Santa Reparata printmaking workshop in the heart of Renaissance Florence. Literally, as we were on the site where Michelangelo worked in the Medici Sculpture Garden beside San Marco.

This is the series of monotypes I made there about my experience of Florence. Some of the images contain references to sculpture and drawings I made long ago and many of the prints link memories with contemporary impressions.

Each monotype is printed onto Arches 88 paper using Akua inks and other materials. Some images were made as solar plates (in the bright Florence sunlight) and others are relief print or drawings in mixed media.

These prints are all framed (h55 x w46cms) and are £250 each.

Please click on each image for more details.

Lightening over the Duomo My Firenze Domes and Davids

Called to the Duomo

Relic of a Tourist

Medici Sculpture Gardene
Drawn to Davids


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