Painterly Print, group exhibition


The exhibition showcases works by Deborah Bell, Samson Mnisi, Karin Daymond and Diane Victor, both monotypes and monoprints.


A monoprint is similar to a monotype but is different in that a monoprint has an element of a printed “matrix” that will be the same as that used in a number of prints. This base can take any printed form and could be letterpress, lino or lithography. The artist will then add to this using monotype and can work on any surface from glass to metal and plastic, as long as it is flat and can go through the press it is suitable to use for this process. Thus a monoprint is not an editioned print but is rather a series of prints that share a common skeleton but which are each unique in the way that they have been completed.


Monotypes are one-of-a-kind prints. They have been known to be called the “painterly print” as well as the “printer’s painting”. Monotype brings together elements of painting, drawing and printmaking. The words monotype and monoprint are often used interchangeably; however, there is a difference. A monoprint may use some form of repeatable layer or element in the production of the image, whereas a monotype is a completely unique image that is not repeated.

Working on an unarticulated surface or plate, the artist applies a layer of ink, which is then wiped off in sections, in order to create an image in a reductive fashion. The ink can also be applied directly to the surface in an additive fashion, much like a painting or drawing. The image is put through the press and transferred from the plate onto a piece of paper. There is then the added option of drawing into the print once it has dried.

lithographs by Deborah Bell

Deborah Bell works intensely, submerging herself in the process of lithography as she engages with the alchemy of ink, paper, pencils charcoal and tusche. Out of the ink splashes on the floor and charcoal dust on her face and hands emerge images of sublime harmony and strength. Her female figures are the calm centre of a metaphysical chaos. From randomness, order takes shape, creating a sense of balance and harmony.

monotypes by Samson Mnisi

Samson Mnisi has exhibited widely in South Africa and internationally. His work is in leading South African corporate, state and private collections as well as in international collections including the MoCADA in New York. He participated in several biennales and art fairs around the world, to name a few: Kampala Art Biennale, Sao Paolo Biennale, Art Madrid….

Samson Mnisi working on a monotype

lithographs by Karin Daymond, editions of 25

Daymond was born in 1967 in Durban, South Africa and has a BA Fine Art from The University of KwaZulu-Natal. She lives in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Her work is included in many public and private collections, both in South Africa and internationally. Amongst these are the UNISA collection and the University of the North-West.

lithographs by Diane Victor, editions of 25

Diane Victor has won numerous awards (since the time of being a student, in the late 1980’s) and has exhibited widely in South Africa and overseas. Her work is in leading South African corporate, state and private collections (where it has been known to stir up staff sensitivities) as well as in international collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York (her Disasters of Peace prints being purchased to complement the museums collection of Goya’s “Disaster’s of War”). She should be declared a national treasure.