PRESSED: The Next Generation of Printmakers

Exhibition from October 12 to 29, 2017

Vernissage: Thursday, October 12: 5pm to 7pm

Work by Leonard Gerbrandt who died in 2010

La Fab is pleased to partner with the Ottawa School of Art to present "PRESSED", an exhibition featuring six recipients of the Leonard Gerbrandt Printmaking Scholarship. In 2011, the Ottawa School of Art created this scholarship to honour the memory of Leonard Gerbrandt, a passionate printmaker and devoted, influential teacher who died in a tragic accident on October 16, 2010. 

It is with great pleasure that La Fab welcomes Melissa Blackman (2012), Louise Butler (2013), Delphine Sullivan (2014), Laurence Finet (2015), Julie Mercantini (2016) and Kathryn Ehret (2017). These young artists represent the next generation of printmakers. Our gallery will vibrate with a current of extraordinary vitality and creativity, while our walls will be adorned with birds, animals, landscapes and even vintage women’s undergarments in all styles and colors.
A Vernissage will be held on Thursday, October 12, from 5 to 7 pm. Come chat with the young artists at the opening of their exhibition.


Leonard Gerbrandt 

(See picture above)

Leonard Gerbrandt (1941-2010) was an influential artist working in Canada and in Bangladesh and Kenya. He taught at the Ottawa School of Art for over 32 years and was responsible for setting up the Printmaking Studio named after him. He encouraged the students to enjoy learning, to experiment, and develop their creative skills. He connected Ottawa and Gatineau area printmakers with an on-going international print exchange and helped establish the Ottawa-Gatineau Printmakers Connective. From 1975-84 and in 1991 he represented the instructors on the board of directors at OSA. Leonard died in a tragic accident on October 16, 2010.

Melissa Blackman (2012)

Melissa Blackman is an Ottawa-based artist who works in a range of mediums, including printmaking, painting and photography.

A graduate of the Ottawa School of Art diploma program (2013), her work is inspired by things that she perceives as strange and frightening but may be commonplace or overlooked.  There is often a narrative behind her work that she will carry through different mediums in the exploration of the subject.

For the past few years, her work has focused mainly on the complicated relationship between humanity and nature.


Louise Butler (2013)

After a long career in education, in 2014, Louise Butler completed a Fine Arts Diploma at the Ottawa School of Art. At OSA she discovered printmaking and mixed media.  She is interested in the study of colour and the use of mixed media monotypes on various supports: paper; canvas; wood.

Her inspiration for this group of monotypes is a recent trip through Provence. “I have attempted to convey the beauty of its colourful landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and ochre cliffs which are illuminated by the unique Provencal light.”


Delphine Sullivan (2014)

Delphine Sullivan is a printmaker and graphic designer based out of Ottawa. She is a recent graduate of the Ottawa School of Art’s Fine Arts Diploma program and a current student in the graphic design program at Algonquin College. Her prints combine hard geometric shapes with the organic lines and patterns found in the natural world.


Laurence Finet (2015)

Laurence Finet is enrolled in the final year of the Fine Arts Diploma program at the Ottawa School of Art. In 2014, she decided to concentrate on the development of her artistic practice. She has participated in various group exhibitions. Her work is recognized by several awards of excellence.


Julie Mercantini (2016)

Julie Mercantini is a graduate from the Ottawa School of Art.  Her etchings present a unique perspective on vintage garments as a parallel to the personal freedom that women have fought for and passed down from one generation to another. When inked in somber colors, her etchings reflect oppression, whereas those in brightly colored hues have a contemporary feeling of hope and frivolity. Julie is also an abstract expressionist oil painter. She has received several awards and has shown in many exhibitions in 2017. 


Kathryn Ehret (2017)

Kathryn is currently a diploma program student in her third year at the Ottawa School of Art. In the past year she has learned the various techniques of linocut, woodcut, and etching, under the instruction of Rob Hinchley in his Introduction to Printmaking course at the school. During that time she produced this body of work which earned her the Leonard Gerbrandt Printmaking scholarship. Inspired by the concept of the “multiple”, together with an interest in myth, esotericism, and mystical experience, the work was developed around the idea that something essentially unreal can come to have a tangible quality as the idea is perpetuated across generations.