Marlborough College is delighted that the amazing collection of ‘Recent Prints from Wiltshire and Italy’ created by Edward Twohig, has caught the expert eye of Jennifer Ramakalawon, keeper of prints in the Prints & Drawings Department of the British Museum.
Edward Twohig is the esteemed head of art at Marlborough College and his work is currently on display in the Mount House Gallery. Nine compositions, including the beautiful and evocative Master’s Garden, Marlborough, December Light, will be delivered to the Department of Prints & Drawings at the British Museum later this month to be put before the acquisition selection panel in March.
It is a highly unusual honour for any artist but for Edward who already has one etching, Between Pewsey and Marlborough, displayed within the British Museum’s permanent collection as a result of his collaboration in the Print Rebels exhibition in 2018.
Since then, Edward believes he has taken his printmaking practice into newly expressive areas with, for example, the use of crushed gold and silver adding depth and energy to his work.
Edward said: “Drypoint drawing and monotype printmaking are tailor-made approaches for direct creative self-expression. The landscape surrounding Marlborough, in all seasons and weathers, I find is an absorbing muse. Both etching and the landscape forge a powerful on-going dialogue.
"I am both humbled and gratified to soon have examples of my own creativity rubbing shoulders with original works by painter-printmakers such as Picasso, Frank Short, Seymour Haden (who was also a Marlborough College parent), Samuel Palmer, Charles Meryon and of course Rembrandt, housed for present and future generations to view and study within the incomparable British Museum.”
The selected original prints will remain on display in the Mount House Gallery until 14th February. This is a great opportunity to see them and the rest of this inspiring collection together here in Marlborough.