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Swedish printmaker puts his stamp on Darwin

By Katie Weiss

Swedish printmaker Dr Mikael Kihlman ran a workshop and exhibited his works during a recent visit to CDU Swedish printmaker Dr Mikael Kihlman ran a workshop and exhibited his works during a recent visit to CDU

An acclaimed artist from Sweden has shared his wisdom about the art of printmaking during a recent visit to Charles Darwin University.

During his first trip to Darwin, Dr Mikael Kihlman reunited with CDU printmaking lecturer Mats Unden, who printed hundreds of his works in Sweden in the 1990s.

The School of Creative Arts and Humanities organised Dr Kihlman’s visit, during which he conducted a public printmaking workshop and talk, and exhibited 39 prints in the Nan Giese Gallery.

“The technique of printmaking is very old and many of the great artists have used it,” he said.

“A lot of time and effort goes into printmaking and the result is very manmade. There are no shortcuts.”

Dr Kihlman said he used a diamond needle to scratch copper metal plates, some more than one metre long, during the printmaking process and used his bare hands to wipe down the painted plates.

“The great thing about printmaking is that every print is unique and you can share them easily,” he said.

The “Extract” exhibition featured prints created from 1986 to present and has toured through Europe and Sydney.