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Emma Mason Prints

Established in 2004 by Emma and Richard Mason Emma Mason Prints is a gallery based in Sussex specialising in original limited edition prints by British Printmakers working from the post-war period to the present.

About Emma Mason

"I started ‘Emma Mason Prints’ in 2004, which I run with my husband Richard. We specialise in original prints by printmakers working in Britain from the 1950s to the present day.
The story of the gallery began in 2002 when I met printmaker, Robert Tavener (1920-2004), just a few months after I had moved with my family from London to Eastbourne. I had seen Tavener’s work at a local auction but failed in my bid to buy a print so I was thrilled to discover that Tavener lived locally. I contacted him about buying a “Sussex Boats and Nets” linocut for my husband’s birthday. We met and found that we had much in common and a friendship began. I helped him organise his studio and archive of work. After his death in 2004 I set up the gallery, inspired to work with printmakers and promote the craft of printmaking.

Since then the gallery has grown and today we represent over fifty printmakers, both post war and contemporary, who demonstrate the very best in British printmaking. Our gallery is in Eastbourne, a short walk from the seafront, in one of the town’s oldest terraces, ‘Cornfield Terrace’, so named because it once stood in a cornfield which ran down to the sea.

With many of our older printmakers we also manage their archives of remaining prints. We have worked with Denise Hoyle for many years on the archive left by her husband Walter Hoyle (1922-2000) and recently wrote about Walter Hoyle for the V&A book “Bawden, Ravilious and the Artists of Great Bardfield”. I look forward very much to talking at the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale about Walter and Denise Hoyle’s life and work".

Emma Mason studied History of Art and Italian at Leicester University, following which she worked for many years in the fruit trade as an importer, much of the time based at New Covent Garden in London. She is married with two grown-up children and an English springer spaniel!

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