Edith Cowlishaw: Printmaker

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Edith Cowlishaw has been long recognised as a master Australian Artist printmaker. A recognition that has been gained over a lifetime of dedication to the technique of etching and her enduring bush walking passion. This relationship with the native flora and bush landscape of Australia is evoked in her detailed intaglio drawings of the delicate native plants and flowers, often overlooked, hidden in the undergrowth of the bush.

Cowlishaws' passion for the bush echoes with bush walkers world wide. Her mastery of technique and aesthetic is obvious; it is both a great recommendation of, and recognition for, her skills as printmaker and artist, that her work is represented in the personal collection of the Japanese Royal family.

About

How very necessary it is to train ourselves to observe the natural beauty around us so that in the exuberance of our beautification schemes we shall not do things that disturb and eventually destroys the landscape. ...seldom, if ever, do we achieve the quiet perfection of Nature’s planting. ~ Edna Walling, 1945.

Edith Cowlishaw is a bush walker and, like well-known Australia artist Margaret Preston, loves walking around the local bushland parks in suburban Sydney and as far afield as her recent explorations in the forests in Manjimup, Western Australia.
Her affinity for the natural plantings of the Australian bush, evident all through Edith's career, are environmentally increasingly important in the current debate over global warming.
Edith's passion for the subtle natural plantings that occur between the trees of our bushland is shown in these finely detailed and delicately executed etchings that celebrate more than fifty years of her personal observations.

Cowlishaw's sensitivity and powers of observation make us look, and look carefully again, at the minutiae that is the Australian bush.

To take a walk through Edith Cowlishaw's eyes is (in the words of John Stilgoe), to enjoy the best-kept secret around - the ordinary, everyday landscape that touches any explorer with magic.
("Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places" 1998).

Arguably one of Australia's longest working Master Printmaker's, Edith Cowlishaw (b.1923) is represented in many Public Collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT; The MAGAM Collection, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney NSW; The Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney NSW; The Coles Myer Collection of Australian Art; The BRAG Collection, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW; The Portland Collection, Lithgow City, NSW; The Private Collection of the Japanese Royal Family, Tokyo Royal Palace, Japan; as well as numerous private and public collections in Australia and Internationally.

..it was in Australia that I gained my first impressions of the beauty of the world, and it was the Bush that taught me. ~ Tom Roberts.

Artist Profile

Solo Exhibitions

   
2017 Edith Cowlishaw: Fifty Years Celebrating the Australian Bush, Artsite Galleries Sydney, NSW
2015 Edith Cowlishaw - Etchings, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2007 Edith Cowlishaw, Impressions on Paper Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2006, 03, 00, 98, 95, 93, 84, 82 Edith Cowlishaw, Gallery 460, Gosford, NSW
1993, 90 Breewood Galleries, Katoomba, NSW
1989, 86, 84 Richard King Gallery, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, NSW
1989 Burns Kaldy, Newcastle, NSW
1988 Freeman Gallery, Hobart
1983 Villeui Gallery, Southport Maitland City Gallery Drill Hall, Canberra, ACT
1982, 79, 78 Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney, NSW
1981 Ontario Gallery, Canada
1980 Cook's Hill Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
1978 City Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
1976 Kabuki, Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1971 Workshop Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW

Group Exhibitions (selected)

   
2021,20,19,18,17,16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11 Collectors’ Choice, Artsite Galleries Sydney, NSW
2016 Portland Art Exhibition Retrospective, Eskbank House & Museum, Lithgow, NSW
2013 25x25: Contemporary Japanese & Australian Printmaking, Japan Foundation Gallery, Sydney
2012 Sydney Printmakers Touring Exhibition, Maitland Regional Gallery, Maitland.
2011 Hot Off The Press, 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Manly Art Gallery, Manly
Sydney Printmakers Touring Exhibition, Moree Plains Regional Gallery, Moree.
2010 Sydney Printmakers, Atelier Skara, Norway
2009 From Print to Print, Hardware Gallery, Enmore
2008 Identity, Atelier Skara, Norway, celebrating 20 years of Atelier Skara
2008, 07 Taylor Galleries, Summer Hill, Sydney NSW
2007 Animal Logic, Impressions on Paper Gallery, Canberra, Marianne Newman Gallery, Sydney.
2006 45 years, Sydney Printmakers, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
2005 Collaboration, Gosford Regional Gallery, Tweed Heads Regional Gallery, Noosa Regional Gallery
2004 Scratch, Pull, Grind and Scrape, Grafton Regional Gallery
2003 Scratch, Pull, Grind and Scrape, Mosman Regional Art Gallery
2002 Beyond the Surface, UTS Gallery, Sydney
International Graphics, Atelier Skara, Norway
2001 Signs and Secrets, Port Macquarie Hastings Regional Gallery
2000 Surface tension, Hazelhurst Gallery
1999 Revelations, UTS Gallery, Sydney
Grabados, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chile
1998 Text, 37th Annual Members Exhibition, Sir Herman Black Gallery, Sydney
Sydney Printmakers Travelling North, Lake Russell Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour
1997 36th Annual Members Exhibition, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney
Expose, Sir Herman Black Gallery, Sydney
1996 Cultural Identities, Guiyang City Art Gallery, China
Borderlines, Arts Workshop Gallery
Sydney Printmakers, Burnie Regional Gallery, Tasmania
35th Annual Members Exhibition, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney
1995 Borderlines, Spiral Arm, Gallery, Canberra
1994 Cultural Identities, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney

Awards

   
2010, 94, 89 Currabubula Red Cross Art Prize, NSW
1979 Bathurst Art Prize, NSW

Media/Publications 

Jane Lee, Pressing the point of local Printmaking, The Epoch Times, Edition 305, Arts page 23. Aug 8, 2011.
Germaine, Max. A Dictionary of Women Artists of Australia, Craftsman House, 1991 p. 95
Germaine, Max. Artists & Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, 3rd Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. P. 143
Verbeek, Ann (ed.). Directory 1988: Australian artists producing prints, Melb: Print Council of Australia, 1989 p. 25
Edith Cowlishaw: Australian Art and Artists File
Craft Arts International - editions 48-49 2000 - Page 106-107
Craft Arts, February-April, page 9. 1988
The Medical Journal of Australia, Volume 143, issues 8-13, 1885 page 596
Big Rewards.. Antiques and Art -Special Investment Guide, The Sydney Morning Herald - Oct 11, 1981 p.61-62
Contemporary Australian Printmakers, Franz Kempf. Landsdowne 1976 p. 130
Don't Throw in the Sponges, The Sydney Morning Herald - Aug 11, 1972, p.16 

Collections
Public Collections include:

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
The MAGAM Collection, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney NSW
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
The Coles Myer Collection of Australian Art.
BRAG Collection, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW

Private Collections:

Royal Family, Tokyo Royal Palace, Japan; Korea; Australia, and Europe

Browse Solo Exhibitions
Edith Cowlishaw: Fifty Years Celebrating the Australian Bush 04 - 26 February 2017 Artsite Galleries exhibition archive
Edith Cowlishaw 07 February - 01 March 2015, Artsite Galleries Exhibition Archive

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Fan II Blossom, 8/11

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Fan III Sollya, 2/10

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Fan V Lane Cove, 7/10

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Balmain from Observatory Hill II, 8/10

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Pandorea

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I Love Sydney, 12/15A

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