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  • ANTAGONISME (Lithograph)

    110,5 x 74,5 cm

© Nicolas Couturieux

As he announced via social media earlier this month, Aryz is currently carrying out an artistic residency in France. He is involved in several projects, which will be revealed throughout the year, but one in particular stands out, marking the beginning of this period: the launch of his first lithography with our friends from Walter Editions.

For this project, Aryz dared to take on this work on stone at the Idem Paris printworks, an emblematic art press located in the Montparnasse district of Paris, built in 1881 by the printer Emile Dufré. In 1976 it passed into the hands of Fernand Mourlot and took the name Mourlot Printing, which has welcomed artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Giacometti and Calder, among other masters of 20th century painting. In 1997 it changed its name to Idem, and today it is an emblematic space that invites creation, a meeting point for the major artists of the French and international scene.

Both the work and the technique of lithography itself have special value, and are not the only things of note. The reason why Aryz has decided to use this process is because it is a challenge he always wanted to face. It is a technique that merits a lot of respect since it was used in the second half of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century for poster printing, a source of inspiration for Aryz.

According to the artist, there are many processes that are labeled lithography today but should not be considered as such because often the technique involves a photographic process, rather than printing using stone. The vast majority of so-called lithographs are really offset prints. He considers that the essence and the value of the process is precisely the drawing on stone, and that although it is a technique for which very high prices are normally paid, it was very important that the price be reasonable as it is his first work using this printing method.

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