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Alfons Bytautas RSA



approx 18 x 25.5cm

Background & Influences:
Alfons Bytautas was born in Selkirk in 1955. Later, whilst studying painting at Edinburgh College of Art, he was introduced to the technique of etching, marking the start of a life-long involvement with printmaking. In 1983 he studied in Paris at the celebrated printmaking studio, Atelier 17 – the studio of S.W. Hayter.

His work was previously more figurative and inspired by landscape but his most recent works explore the nature of reality through abstraction. Although he is keen to exploit recent developments in printing techniques, his work acknowledges a debt to the great traditions of European printmaking.
Alfons was a Master Printer & Senior Etching Technician at Edinburgh Printmakers until 2009, a post he held for 30 years. An exhibition of his new work, “Lost Time” was held at Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery in the summer of this year, marking an end to his time spent there.
He is currently employed as member of staff in the Fine Art Printmaking studio at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Exhibitions & Collections:
Alfons has exhibited widely and his work is held in many private and public collections including H M the Queen.

Membership of Professional Bodies:
He was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1994, becoming an Academician in 2006.

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