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    Gunning Arts Printing Presses

    The Gunning Arts Printing Press and etching press range give outstanding results when others fail, offering reliability and flexibility. Trusted by academic organisations and by 1000’s of artists around the world of all skill levels. These etching presses are renowned for their reliability and strength while offering you the user the kind of control you can only get from using a hand press.

    Designed, developed and used by Dave Gunning and his daughter Jenny over many years. To be easy & safe to use, easy to setup and versatile enough to give you the results that your designs deserve. Currently available in seven basic etching printing press models they are versatile enough to be easily modified to suit each individuals needs. The whole etching press range is designed to be compact and easy to store when not needed. When the time comes that you need it they can be easily bolted or clamped to any stable work surface, we can also supply stands suitable for the etching presses to stand on.

    Gunning Arts Etching Presses are described as almost indestructible due to the design, development and materials used in there construction, which are all locally sourced. Offering:

    • Screw down stops to give you the user unlimited and precise adjustments allowing fine tuning to suit the project at hand.
    • Specially developed top roller which is spring loaded to allow the press to make slight adjustments as needed particularly when working with materials like Lino or Relief styles and other thick materials.
    • The presses printing beds are designed to be easily removable with safety stops making transportation, storage and cleaning a simple and easy process.
    • Maintenance free bearings and precision lathed rollers make these presses excellent value for money.

    Any Gunning Art Etching Printing Press can be supplied in any one of many configurations. To help get the most from your new etching press and to get you up and running quickly. We are able to supply you with many of your art material requirements to suit your usage and skill levels. Such things as:

    • Aluminium beds
    • Strong and stable stands
    • Ink
    • Paper
    • Blankets
    • And much more.

    From early on in Dave’s career he was always conditioned to think the bigger the etching printing press the better the print, it’s not the case with these presses. Small or big the print quality is equal across the entire range of presses. Our Etching Presses are ideal for printing on:

    • etchings
    • woodcuts
    • collograph
    • lino
    • relief
    • Bromoil
    • In fact almost any surface as long as you can get it between the rollers.

    Got questions? Unsure which etching press is right for you? Give us a call: 01952 434 033 Today! We will do all we can to get you printing quickly and with total confidence with your new etching printing press.

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    History of printmaking

    The history of printing starts with Caxton and then Guttenberg even though the Chinese were printing masterpieces one thousand years before. Victorian  times heralded the development of heavy monster  presses which culminated in theAlbion Press and later printing machines that were heavily influenced by gothic Victorian ideas. This  resulted in Engineers designing printing machines for artists not artists designing printing presses for themselves. For years artists have been trapped into only being able to print at institutions. Machines were revered and not used to their full potential. The machine was the important thing not what was being printed. This is where we were until  Dave Gunning came along  and designed a superfabricated machine which is totally ‘hands on’ back in the late eighties. Theimmediate results were fantastic and the machine design has been honed andperfected over the last twenty years. Dave has a dream to make printmakingavailable to everyone not just to the elite and privileged. Born amongst the steel works in Bilston West Midlands 55 years ago Dave has a long family pedigree of  steel bashing. His own art is in many private and public collections including National Museum of Wales, The Palace of Westminster and The Royal Collection. The machines are hand made in England and are very different from othermachines on the market. They print etchings, collographs, lino, bromoil and woodcuts. Printing results are superb and the main feature about Dave’s productis that all machines are portable and give a lifetime guarantee. With over one thousand machines out in the world Gunningarts printing machineshave made printmaking easy , safe and  available to artists, schools, and colleges for many years. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery even have one on permanent exhibition as a testament to the excellence of the machines quality of manufacture andVersatility. ‘I saw a press in a museum in Paris that was Picasso’s,  I never dreamed I would have a press I hade made in a museum as an exhibit!’  Dave Gunning 2009