Adding this accolade to last years roster of awards, one of which was Fine Art Printer of the Year, Pureprint Group impressed the judges this year with its execution of a book of the work of landscape sculptor Tani Kovats.
The Sussex-based company beautifully rendered Kovat’s distinctive sculptures by scanning 60-plus transparencies on its Linotype Hell drum scanner, colour correcting the scans to remove any casts and producing profiled Matchprints to be retouched and reproofed. The book was printed on a six-colour Heidelberg XL 105 in combinations of CMYK, two special blacks and a cool grey, with the cases quarter bound with printed paper over 2mm greyboards and Colorado Chobi cloth over spine. Also helping to secure this title for a second year running was the group’s execution of a book about Austrian painter Egon Schiele, praised by the judges for its "great tonal representation".
Commended - St Ives Westerham Press
Also performing strongly in this category for a second year running was St Ives Westerham Press. This year, St Ives Westerham and artist Bridget Riley proved a stellar partnership, with a booklet produced for The National Gallery to accompany an exhibition of Riley’s work. Another title scoring highly was a handbound archive collection of artist David Shepherd’s work, printed in a limited edition of 1,000 copies.
- Empress Litho
- Healeys Print Group
- Pureprint Group
- St Ives Westerham Press