Victoria Achache – Works on Paper

13–18 June 2022

PV 14 June, 6.30–8.30 pm


Victoria Achache. SITTING FIGURE. Drypoint on Chinese paper. 79 x 110 cm. £850
Victoria Achache. DANCING IN BLUE. 2010. Sugarlift Etching. 46 x 38 cm. £450

This summer and autumn The Gallery will be hosting the distinguished artist Victoria Achache for two separate shows in June and October. This is an exciting opportunity to view both her works on paper and canvas and her exploration with both oil and print. The fresh and energetic nature of her prints compliments the depth and vibrancy of her paintings. Achache is a champion of abstract compositions and a master of colour and shape. 

A printmaker friend showed me how to make prints with drypoint and chine colle. It’s a very direct way of making a print and can have a feeling of spontaneity. A drawing is made directly onto a plate and printed with black. This drawing will remain and each print in the edition is hand-painted on Chinese paper with the black drawing printed over it. This means the drawing remains the same but the colour can vary.

I have enjoyed the rigour of printmaking where you have to be definite in what you want and in these prints the two elements are colour and drawing, the two elements which I find the most important.

As for the difference between working on paper and canvas, I try to respect the different properties of each. On paper I like to use charcoal and acrylic paint, using the white of the paper as an important element. I’m always looking for a spontaneous feel and a freshness. This has a parallel in the prints. A painting on canvas tends to be slower, with more changes. I often start with acrylic paint and move on to oil paint. I like the idea of lateral thinking, and if a painting isn’t working I’m ready to make radical changes. Those often turn out to be the more interesting paintings, with more depth to them.”

This collection of work is a continuation of everything I have done from the beginning, making figures in space, space in landscape and still life. I hope they can give a feeling of the experiences we have which are not expressed in words, maybe a mixture of inner thoughts and outer impressions, and hopefully with humour and liveliness.