New Edition: James Nares | Step Up


STEP UP | 2013, Screenprint, 58 x 46 inches, Ed. 44

Durham Press is pleased to announce the completion of STEP UP, the latest edition print by James Nares. STEP UP measures 58 x 46 inches and is printed with over ten different screens and inks. STEP UP is printed on Saunders Waterford paper and is an edition of 44.


Nares’s work focuses on movement, rhythm and repetition. His most iconic works are usually made as a single brushstroke, a visual recording of gesture and the passage of time across the canvas. Using brushes of his own design, he repeatedly creates and erases his strokes, over and over again, until he feels he has made a mark that represents a precise balance between intent and improvisation.

Each screen is printed with a different shade of ink in a slightly different profile, which gradually builds the image into a rich and highly textured finished print.


James Nares was born in London in 1953 and currently lives and works in New York. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Paul Kasmin Gallery is currently featuring an exhibition of new paintings entitled “Road Paint”. The exhibition runs through June 22nd.


New Release: James Nares | In Three Words

We are just finishing up production on James Nares’ newest prints at Durham Press, In Three Words, a triptych comprised of brushstrokes printed in three different shades of rich red. Below are some images of the prints being made. Please call us if you are interested in more information!


Beatriz Milhazes at Galerie Max Hetzler

Beatriz Milhazes will be exhibiting new work at Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin. The solo exhibition runs from September 10th through November 5th and is comprised of recent collages and four large scale paintings and a mobile. The four large scale paintings and mobile were featured at the Fondation Beyeler earlier this year. This exhibition will travel to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon in 2012. A catalogue accompanies the show.

Beatriz has been working with Durham Press since the spring of 1996, during that time over 25 challenging and complicated prints have been created. Please contact Durham Press for images and information about available prints. Fishbowl (as seen below) was created by Beatriz and printed by Durham Press as a benefit print for the Beyeler Foundation, the print is available  for purchase from the Beyeler’s website. Durham Press would like to congratulate Beatriz on her current exhibition with Galerie Max Hetzler. Please stay tuned to our blog for upcoming exhibitions and news about Beatriz Milhazes and her future projects.

Jamaica, 2007, woodblock and screenprint, 70 x 70 inches, edition 30

Bibi, 2003, multi-colored screenprint, 22 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches, edition of 43

Serpentina, 2003, multi-colored screenprint, 52 x 52 inches, edition of 40

O Pato, 1996-98, multi-colored screenprint, 40 x 60 inches, edition 20

Fishbowl, 2011, multi-color screenprint, 36 x 36 cm, edition of 50

New Editions – James Nares

West on Sunrise | 2010, 10 Color Screenprint, 28″ x 75″, Ed. 25

West on Sunrise Black | 2010, 10 Color Screenprint, 28″ x 75″, Ed. 25

Durham Press is pleased to announce the release of two new prints by James Nares, West on Sunrise and West on Sunrise Black.  The two prints share the same brush stroke, executed in electric blue and black. The brushstrokes were made in Nares’s studio during the summer and then the prints were proofed and printed over the fall and signed this week.

James Nares signing West on Sunrise

To get a little more insight into James’s work, check out this great article from 2008 Interview Magazine with Glenn O’Brien where James discusses art, film, music, New York and his signature brushstrokes.


Durham Press at the New York Print Fair

Durham Press will be exhibiting at the 2010 IFPDA print fair at the Park Avenue Armory from November 4th through the 7th. We will be releasing several new works by Mickalene Thomas, Hurvin Anderson, Beatriz Milhazes, Polly Apfelbaum and James Nares. Please join us at the fair!

Please join us at Park Avenue & 67th Street. The hours are as follows:

Thursday, November 4  12-8pm

Friday, November 5   12-5pm

Saturday, November 6  12-8pm

Sunday, November 7  12-6pm

Mickalene Thomas

We are thrilled to have Mickalene Thomas now part of the Durham Press team! Thomas, who shows at Lehmann Maupin,  is best known for her large-scale portraits of beautiful and powerful African American women, who – highly-styled – recline provocatively within wild, multi-layered backgrounds.  The paintings’ references are wide and engaging – from Blaxploitation and seventies kitsch, to Manet and Matisse, to Seydou Keita and Malick Sedibe.

Below is “Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe”,  a huge painting that was made for MoMA and is currently on display by the entrance on 53rd Street through the end of the year.

Over the past two years Mickalene has also started making still lives and landscapes – again, large-scale, intense, layered, and full of intriguing references.

It is the landscape that she chose to work on for her first project at Durham Press, and she began this summer by making the most remarkable print! It is a combination of woodblock, silkscreen, collage and digital photography.  It measures roughly 52″ x 70″ and is yet untitled… but here is a sneak peek! Its official launch will be at this year’s print fair. More pictures to come!


Summer Favorites

Summer Greetings!

Durham Press is having another busy summer. We have had visits from Mickalene Thomas, Hurvin Anderson, Beatriz Milhazes, Polly Apfelbaum and James Nares. Durham Press is excited for new editions which will be launched in the fall.

Here are some summer favorites…

Hurvin Anderson

Barbershop print

Barbershop | 2010, Woodblock and Screenprint, 35 3/4″ x 28″, Ed. 40

Polly Apfelbaum

Little Dogwood 2 | 2009, Woodblock Monoprint, 20 1/4″ x 20 1/4″

John Giorno

Welcoming the Flowers: Sunflowers | 2007, Screenprint 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″, Ed. 70

Beatriz Milhazes

Açúcar (Sugar) | 2009/2010 Woodblock and Screenprint, 31 1/2″ x 47 1/4″ Ed. 40


Thump | 2009, 10 Color Screenprint, 58" x 40", Ed. 44

Thump | 2009, 10 Color Screenprint, 58″ x 40″, Ed. 44

Alison Elizabeth Taylor

Idylls: West Tropicana | 2007 Arches 88 300g West Tropicana – 16 3/8″ x 18 3/4″ Edition of 45

Ray Charles White


Gravure Bubble Studies | 2007,  Photogravure, 16 1/2″ x 16″, Ed. 35


Polly Apfelbaum in Denmark, the UK and USA

Polly Apfelbaum work is currently in four exhibitions around the world. Her prints are featured in  After the Volcano: A Summer Show of Gallery Artists at Firth Street Gallery in London and at Hecate’s Lab at Senior & Shopmaker in New York. Apfelbaum’s sculptures are exhibited in Studiowork at D’amelio Terras in New York and Wild Things in Odense, Denmark at Brandts.

Apfelbaum Rainbow Day 1

Little Dogwood 35


James Nares in Los Angeles

Michael Kohn Gallery in L.A. will feature an exhibition of new paintings and a video by James Nares from July 9-August 21, 2010. The opening reception is on July 9th from 6-8pm.

Thump | 2009, 10 Color Screenprint, 58″ x 40″, Ed. 44

Michael Kohn Gallery 8071 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048

Check out the Durham Press website for available prints by Nares.


Beatriz Milhazes Gold Rose Series

In September of 2009, Beatriz Milhazes returned to Durham Press to take on another enormous project, a series of seven prints that came to be called the Gold Rose Series. During her four-week stay she worked with a team of five to realize the beautiful proofs seen in the pictures below. She was also filmed for a documentary that is being made about her by Goritzia Filmes.

The Gold Rose Series is comprised of two singles, a diptych and a triptych all measuring 31 and a half inches in height – but of various lengths. The series uses warm color schemes, botanical forms as bold graphics and patterning, and intricate detailing typical to Milhazes’ work.


The series is now in production and will be released this spring. We expect Beatriz back to sign in April, when we plan to celebrate the completion of the edition with a reception of these impressive new works. More information on this soon. James Cohan Gallery will also host an exhibition of the works that opens April 1st in New York.