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Roslyn Kean The Stables Print Workshop


Biography and Reviews

Roslyn Kean Artist & Printmaker


Born Sydney 1953. First studied at the National Art School and Shillito Design School, Sydney followed by post graduate studies in printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. In 1985 awarded a research scholarship by the Japanese Government to attend The Printmaking Dept., The National University of Fine Art, Tokyo to undertake postgraduate studies in Traditional Japanese woodblock printing.

During her career as an artist printmaker Roslyn Kean has taught at universities both nationally and in the UK.  Her specialised area of Traditional Japanese methods of relief printing has enabled her to offer unique workshops throughout Australia. Currently she is the Director of The Stables Print Studio, Sydney where she works and offers unique open studio days to share her skills.

Her prints are deeply lyrical, contemplative and highly evocative.  Whether of ancient patterns or her own drawings from her black bamboo garden seriality, and a sense of pattern have remained crucial ingredients in her work. The prints possess a serenity and simplicity, bordering on minimalism but totally devoid of severity, instead posess a sense of quiet and order.

These most recent works are derived form studies into the rhetorical triangle.


Reviews & Media


"Distinctive is the accent on the structuring of form and space – a concern that evokes the Japanese concept of ma, a pause, whether in space or time - for Roz has an intuitive empathy for Japanese values." 

Extract from Nightfall Exhibition 2013, Opening Address by Jackie Menzies, OAM - Emeritus Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of NSW. 

Download Nightfall Exhibition Opening Address

"Roslyn’s woodblock prints possess a serenity and simplicity which borders on minimalism, but are totally devoid of any severity. Instead there is a deep musicality and profound sense of simplicity and order." 

August 2013, Extracts from writings by Professor Sasha Grishin, AM, FAHA, Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History, ANU

Download Catalogue Essay - Night Fall Exhibition

External Reviews

IMC Hawaii 2017 4 day Conference for
Mokuhanga and juried international exhibition of prints

9th International Print Triennial Duoro – Portugal

Global Print 2017 – Portugal

Print Council of Australia 2017 commissioned prints

Ink Masters international Print Exhibition 2016

Residency 2016

Sydney Printmakers Exhibition, Artsite, March 2016

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