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Per Kirkeby

Press release

Per Kirkeby – Monoprints

Although Per Kirkeby announced the end of his career as a painter in 2015, his collaboration with BORCH Editions, dating back as far as 1979, continued nevertheless. In 2017, he created a series of multi-coloured monoprints in collaboration with master printer Mette Ulstrup that will be on view for the first time in Berlin. 

It was in Niels Borch Jensen’s studio that Kirkeby first started experimenting with printmaking techniques and colouration and became acquainted with the production of monotypes and monoprints. Monoprints are unique, yet interrelated prints, created from printing plates. When creating his 2017 monoprints, Kirkeby initially worked on copper plates in a variety of etching techniques. After the plates were inked, he added individual marks in watercolour or crayon to complete the composition. The result is a series of dense, multi-layered prints merging Kirkeby’s signature painterly expression with decades of printmaking experience.