In May 2013 we held an exhibition in the Gallery featuring original, signed, limited edition screenprints by R. B. Kitaj.
Painter and printer of equal import, the American born Kitaj emerged as one of the most influential artists of his generation and the renewed interest surrounding his name bears testament to his substantial accomplishments. Emigrating to England in the late 1950s, Kitaj’s attraction to printmaking was sparked as a student and in 1962 he was introduced to the commercial screenprinter Chris Prater, with whom he would enjoy a long relationship and produce his finest body of prints.
A self-confessed bibliophile, books (alongside his Jewish heritage) frequently provided the impetus for Kitaj’s work, culminating in two major screenprint suites ‘In Our Time’ (printed by Prater) and ‘A Day Book’, produced from 1969-72, amongst many others. Noted for their ability to crystallise a moment in time, documenting both social change and the change within his own life, Kitaj’s prints are justly receiving greater and greater attention to add to their already considerable critical acclaim.