Gunnar Nilmén - printmaker and graphic artist
Since Autumn 2018 I'm a member of Konstnärernas Kollektivverkstad Nordvästra Skåne - KKV NV Skåne. KKV is an Artist & Printmaker association that have workstudios for artists all over Sweden. Not only print studios but painting, sculpture, textile, ironwork, ceramics etc. At KKV NV Skåne, where there is a well-equipped Printstudio, in Ängelholm which is a small town in southwest Sweden, where I work several days per week.
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I´m a member of Grafiska Sällskapet
(the Swedish Printmaker´s Association)
I´m also a member of NVSK Nordvästra Skånes Konstnärs Förening (Konstrundan), Kullakonstnärerna (Kullabygdens Artist Group) in Höganäs, Skåne in Sweden and ÖLG - Örebro Läns Grafikgrupp (Örebro County Printmakers), Örebro in Sweden.
I work with and mix different techniques - etchings, drypoint and mezzotint; photo polymer; chine collée, collagraph, embossing and Artist Book´s. I work with Non-toxic printmaking meaning using as little as possible of chemicals harmful to the environment or my health.
Graphic art and printmaking fascinates me due to the meeting between creativity and handicraft. I don't do sketching on paper first, but I have an idea of what to do. When etching, my idea meet the copperplate material which have its own will in a way and the ferry chloride in the etching bath has its own will as well. So I never know exactly what will be on the print paper when I do the first test-print. That is fun, exiting and challenging!
I mostly work on copperplates with etchings in different techniques and I'm printing both in colour as well as black and white. Small (MiniPrints) plates and bigger plates.
All my prints are hand-pulled (printed by hand) in small editions by me.
Thick 600gr handmade Indian acid free rag-paper
Carborundum on heavily etched copperplate
Embossed with jute