relating to Rod Ewins 1980s prints

Lecturer wins unusual art award


The Australian

December 22, 1983

LECTURER and artist Rod Ewins has achieved a unique honor for an Australian after an international exhibition in Spain. Ewins, senior lecturer in printmaking at the University of Tasmania's School of Art, exhibited at the annual Mini Print International at Cadaques near Barcelona, a town where Picasso, Ernst and Dali lived and worked.

The exhibition, attracting 1500 works from 48 countries, was dedicated to "mini" etchings and lithographs. An international jury of noted artists selected 12 prints, which will be printed in limited editions and published in folio form.

As well as being for sale, a number of these folios will be donated to major print collections, including the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.

Ewins was notified this week that he has become the first Australian to have his work selected.

The piece he submitted is a lOcm square etching titled The Topiarist, which reflects the Tasmanian fondness for trimming hedges into animate shapes and also uses an image of a Huon identity from the 1920s.

In addition to the selection and publication of this particular piece, Ewins has been
invited to hold a show of his work in Barcelona next year.