Prints / Monoprints / Etchings / Drawings – Stu Oxley

Artist Statement


Printmaking is a highly technical process of art making that evolves only with patience and practice.  There are many types of methods for making prints. In his most recent work, Oxley uses both Etching and Monoprint to convey his message to the viewer. Monoprints have the closest relationship to painting out of all printmaking forms. Selecting a copper, zinc, or plexi-glass plate, the artist begins to make a series of marks, scratches, or drawings on this surface with a variety of objects in either ink or paint.  By placing the plate on a printing press, the artist carefully positions a piece of rag paper on top of the plate and heavy roller slowly moves over the plate, embossing and transferring the image to paper.  If at this point the artist wishes to add to the work, using Chine Colle, the artist is able to layer color, tones, marks, images, and text to his work. The Chine Colle process makes use of Japanese Rice paper that can be tinted, marked or written upon. Chine Colle is then adhered to the rag paper using archival glue, during the printing process.

Artist Biography

Stu Oxley, MFA, BA Honours, is represented by Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC; Mira Godard, Toronto, Ont.; Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary AB; and Jill George Gallery, London, England. His work is represented in numerous public and corporate collections across Canada. In 2011 Stu Oxley is having a solo exhibition at the Naughton Gallery at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland. A Master Printmaker, he owns and operates Riverside Studio in Elora, Ontario, where he has worked with many established artists, including John Kissick, Joe Fafard, Tony Scherman, John Hartman, Stephen Hutchings, Tony Urquhart and Tim Zuck, among others. He is also a Professor of Drawing and Printmaking at Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario.


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