The master printer

The quality of work now developing in this region of Northern Australia is remarkable, a relatively new media for its artists, but steeped in the regions ancient traditions and skills. The work from here destined for public galleries and private collections around the world. One such work by ALICK TIPOTI, an 8 metre long print Girelal, headed for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) as part of the 2012 Biennale of Sydney.

'I wanted to know more about the Indigenous population of Australia'

Master printer THEO TREMBLAY talks about his role in the development of printmaking in North Queensland.

As the rain hammers down on the streets and buildings of tropical Cairns it is once again time to visit master printer THEO TREMBLAY in his print workshop Editions Tremblay NFP (no fixed press) located within Canopy Artspace.

In Cairns two things have converged, a creative explosion of Indigenous print making and the development of world class print workshops, Editions Tremblay NFP at Canopy Artspace and more recently (2009) the close by Djumbunji Press, KickArts.

THEO, a Bostonian, arrived in Australia in 1977, established the print workshop with his partner PALOMA RAMOS, locating to Canopy Artspace in 2009.

Artist printmakers working with Editions Tremblay NFP include Aboriginal and Zenadth Kes artist, often present in the workshop, engaging in both creative and technical discussions with their master printmaker. The list of famous names is long but includes Zenadth Kes artists ALICK TIPOTI, BRIAN ROBINSON, DENNIS NONA, GLEN MACKIE AND BILLY MISSI.

Alick Tipoti