Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
A lament to the sleeping kingfisher
Two color lithographic offset print hand-colored with pencil on BFK Rives white 250gsm
Image size 48cm x 68cm
Paper size 56cm x 76cm
Printed by Redwood Prints
Edition of 40 with bon à tirer and six artists’ proofs


As commissioned for the Print Council of Australia (2004 commissioned prints).


The PCA Print Archive commenced in 1967 when the first Print Commission process, then titled the Member Print, was held. From 1967 until 1990 one print from each commissioned edition has been archived. Since 1990 two prints have been archived. The PCA Print Archive now numbers in excess of 500 works including all commissioned and Presidential prints. The only curatorial intent determining the collection being the fostering of contemporary prints and print practice.
Print Council of Australia


A lament to the sleeping kingfisher on display as part of Imprint: A Survey of the Print Council of Australia at Parliament House, Canberra, 2019.


This special exhibition featuring prints from the Print Council of Australia’s archival collection includes some of the first prints created by significant Australian artists, including the first Print Commissions, John Brack’s Untitled (Skaters), 1967, and Fred Williams’ Lysterfield, 1968, and the first Indigenous Australian Print Commission, Bush Figures by Ku Ku Imidji man Arone Raymond Meeks, along with works produced by PCA founders Grahame King and Udo Sellbach.

The Commission, which began in 1967, invites artists to submit a limited-edition print for consideration by the PCA and its members. This has resulted in an archive of more than 600 prints, illustrating the rich history of contemporary Australian printmaking.

Works of master printers and innovators including Noel Counihan, Barbara Hanrahan, David Rose, Ray Beattie, Bea Maddock, Earle Backen, Ruth Faerber, Hertha Kluge-Pott, Olga Sankey, Judy Watson, Janet Dawson, Mary MacQueen, Raymond Arnold, G.W. Bot, Yvonne Boag, James Taylor, John Coburn, Jenuarrie Warrie, Maria Kozic, Wilma Tabacco, Rick Amor, Treahna Hamm, Robert Jacks, Bruno Leti, John Olsen, Michael Kempson, Susan Pickering, Andrew Ngungarrayi Martin, Belinda Fox, Georgia Thorpe, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Gosia Wlodarczak, Rebecca Mayo, Janet Parker-Smith, Rona Green, Sophia Szilagyi, Glen Mackie, Tama Favell, Elizabeth Banfield, David Fairbairn, Graeme Drendel, Deanna Hitti, Sue Poggioli, Maria Orsto, Samuel Tupou, Pia Larsen, Deborah Klein, Cat Poliski, Heather Koowootha and Glenda Orr will also be on show, as will a diverse range of printing techniques representing styles from the late 1960s: from relief printing (carving into lino or wood where recessed areas don’t hold ink and transfer to paper ink-free) to intaglio (etching, engraving, aquatint, drypoint, mezzotint) and planographic (lithography and screen-printing) as well as digital printing.

While the exhibition is mostly Print Council of Australia works – fifty-eight works – the remainder are from the Australian Parliament House Art Collection, including two new acquisitions, linocuts by artist Jenny Kitchener, recipient of the 2017 Print Council Commission.

The Print Council of Australia was established in Melbourne in 1966 by printmakers Udo Sellbach, Grahame King and curator Dr Ursula Hoff to promote the artform of printmaking. The 1940s-60s had seen the return to Australia of European-trained artists, sparking a resurgence in the importance of printmaking and its commercial viability.
Print Council of Australia




Gracia Haby
A blue-faced female black-naped Monarch whispers the secrets of the world to me but I am unimpressed
Four colour lithographic offset print on Aquarelle Arches 100% pure cotton hot pressed 300gsm paper
Image size, 9.65cm X 15cm
Paper size, 21cm X 30cm
Printed by Redwood Prints
Edition of 40


A postcard reworked with paint and collage, and made into print form.


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