This Arts Council Collection touring exhibition showcases the work of acclaimed 20th-century and contemporary artists who work with paper.
All the works in this exhibition are made from paper, used as a material in its own right rather than merely a surface to be painted or drawn upon. Among the leading artists featured are Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Included are large three-dimensional objects constructed from paper such as Karla Black’s delicate and sensuous hanging structures and Brian Griffiths’ giant cardboard computer. Other artists, such as Roger Ackling and Cornelia Parker, have made art from burnt, torn and cut paper. Collage is well represented with examples by Roland Penrose and Eduardo Paolozzi, among others.
For some artists the choice of a particular paper was important, from graph paper and an old envelope to an ordnance survey map and corrugated card.