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Fiona Pole (July 2015)


'le monde flottant'

11 July - 1 August

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new suite of prints by Fiona Pole which she will be exhibiting at GALLERY AOP under the title, ‘le monde flottant’. Primarily a printmaker, she has managed, over a number of years, to capture the attention of the art world with her very personal, yet universal subject-matter and her subtly unconventional approach to the printmaking medium. Simplified forms are presented in often complex spatial relationships that are echoed in the seeming ease with which she applies a variety of traditional printmaking techniques.

Pole references the world of Japanese art, the floating world, to which it is often likened, and in particular, its famous printmakers, such as Kawanabe Kyōsai, a pupil of the famous Katsushika Hokusai. One of Pole’s iconic works on her latest exhibition references Kyōsai’s famous woodcut, Crow on a snowy plumb branch, c 1880. Kyōsai, known as a fiercely individualist and independent Japanese printmaker, worked during both the Edo and Meiji periods which saw Japan evolving from a feudal to a modern state. Kyōsai was known for his exuberance, which also extended to his technologically excellent draughtsmanship.

The same can be said of Pole’s approach to printmaking.

It is said that Kyōsai’s first aesthetic shock was at the age of nine when he picked up a human head that was severed from its body in the Kanda river. Perhaps this explains Pole’s penchant for the isolated image of the picture plane of the paper. She is known for the solitary image that is beautifully executed in minute detail through an intricate network of printmaking techniques.


Fiona Pole was born in 1974 in Benoni, South Africa. She studied at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree in 1996. In 2002 she graduated from L’École Superieure Estienne, Paris, France with a mention of excellence. She specializes in printmaking and has had a number of exhibitions in South Africa and abroad. Having lived in Paris for over ten years, she and her family have returned to South Africa. She lives and works in Johannesburg. 


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Click the image for a view of: Fiona Pole. Kyosai's Crow. 2015. Linocut, chine colle. Edition 5. 970X920mm
Fiona Pole. Kyosai's Crow. 2015. Linocut, chine colle. Edition 5. 970X920mm
Click the image for a view of: Fiona Pole. Empty nest. 2015. Linocut. Edition 10. 845X730mm
Fiona Pole. Empty nest. 2015. Linocut. Edition 10. 845X730mm
Click the image for a view of: Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: The gift. 2015. Linocut. 215X170mm
Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: The gift. 2015. Linocut. 215X170mm
Click the image for a view of: Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: Black bird. 2015. Linocut. Edition 13. 215X205mm
Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: Black bird. 2015. Linocut. Edition 13. 215X205mm
Click the image for a view of: Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: Sly fox. 2015. Linocut. Edition 13. 210X155mm
Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: Sly fox. 2015. Linocut. Edition 13. 210X155mm
Click the image for a view of: Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: Shelter. 2015. Linocut. Edition 14.  215X170mm
Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: Shelter. 2015. Linocut. Edition 14. 215X170mm
Click the image for a view of: Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: Open hand. 2015. Linocut.Edition 5.  255X185mm
Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: Open hand. 2015. Linocut.Edition 5. 255X185mm
Click the image for a view of: Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: Paper boat. 2015. Linocut. Edition 14.  210X175mm
Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: Paper boat. 2015. Linocut. Edition 14. 210X175mm
Click the image for a view of: Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: White rabbit. 2015. Linocut. Edition 17. 190X145mm
Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: White rabbit. 2015. Linocut. Edition 17. 190X145mm
Click the image for a view of: Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: Straw man. 2015. Linocut. Edition 8. 220X160mm
Fiona Pole. Noir et blanc: Straw man. 2015. Linocut. Edition 8. 220X160mm
Posted: 7/16/2015 (5:44:18 AM)


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