Thursday, 29 August 2013

The D'Archy Thompson Print Folio

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

A folio of 14 prints created by the Printmaking Workshop at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in collaboration with the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, University of Dundee

D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) was the first Professor of Biology at University College, Dundee (now the University of Dundee) and his landmark 1917 publication On Growth and Form has inspired generations of artists, architects and designers as well as profoundly influencing scientific thought. As part of an on-going project to explore the visual influence of D’Arcy Thompson’s work, the University of Dundee Museum Services has commissioned 16 of the leading artists at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design to create new print works drawing on Thompson’s ideas as well as the collections held in his Zoology Museum. 

These limited edition prints are current on display in the Tower Foyer Gallery (until 21 September) and will shortly be available to buy either collectively in a high-quality presentation portfolio or individually. All proceeds from sales go directly to support the University’s on-going work to engage artists with D’Arcy Thompson’s work and to facilitate residencies and exhibitions with his Zoology Museum. 

The artists who have contributed to the folio are:

Delia Baillie
Calum Colvin
Dalziel + Scullion
Graham Fagen
Gareth Fisher
Paul Harrison
Mark Hunter
Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen
Jim Pattison
Norman Shaw
Elaine Shemilt
Iain Sturrock
Edward Summerton
Peter Yearworth

The folio is produced in an edition of 12 plus three printers’ proofs. All prints measure 12 x 12 inches and are on White Magnani Litho paper, printed at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design under the supervision and co-ordination of Mark Hunter and Jim Pattison. Seven sets of prints will be sold in a high-quality handmade box including text written by the artists and myself. The remaining five will be available for sale individually.

The full edition of individual prints and portfolios will be available in September - click here for further information or visit our website at