Wells artists Claire Kujundzic and Bill Horne outside their Amazing Space Studio and Gallery in Wells. They are headed to Japan, where Horne will accept an award of excellence at the Seventh NBC MESHTEC Tokyo International Screen Print Biennial. Observer file photo

Wells artist wins international screen printing award

Bill Horne has won an award of excellence at the Tokyo Screen Print Biennale

Wells artist Bill Horne is being honoured with an award of excellence in the seventh Tokyo Screen Print Biennale.

Horne and his partner, Claire Kujundzic, will attend the exhibition and award evening in Tokyo, Japan, then take some small side trips before returning to Canada.

“I entered this international competition two years ago, and though I didn’t win anything, they included the northern lights screen print I had submitted in their catalogue,” Horne said in a press release. “That encouraged me to enter again this year.”

Horne used metallic inks and a series of layers to develop an image with a raku pottery effect. The jury liked it.

Babarrunak Raku won the Prize of Excellence (fourth prize) in the Seventh NBC MESHTEC Tokyo International Screen Print Biennial. It will be exhibited at Yurakucho Asahi Gallery between Nov. 22 and 27. The award ceremony will be held at Ginza Lion in Tokyo on Nov. 25.

To help defray some of their trip’s costs, the two artists have set up an online sale of selected silk screen prints at https://amazingspacestudio.com/silk-screen-print-sale/.

Horne and Kujundzic will be back in Wells in time to open their Amazing Space Gallery during Barkerville’s Victorian Christmas weekend from Dec. 14-16. Horne’s winning print will be on display and available for sale at that time.

Born in Vancouver, Horne studied painting and drawing at the Banff Centre and film animation at UBC. He has taught silkscreen printing at the Vancouver Native Education Centre, Kakali Handmade Papers and Island Mountain Arts and paper-making at the National Art School in Managua, Nicaragua. For several years, he wrote a twice-monthly column about art and politics for the Quesnel Cariboo Observer, and from 2003 until 2005, he worked at the Naramata Centre as director of the Summer Program.

Horne has exhibited his work across Canada and internationally, and he is a past president of Canadian Artists Representation/le front des artistes canadiens BC, a past western vice-representative for CARFAC National, and the 2013 Recipient of CARFAC’s National Advocacy Award.

For more information, contact Horne at 250-994-2332.

READ MORE: Amazing Space Studio and Gallery to close after 24 years

— Quesnel News Staff


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