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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 

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