© Yoko Akino
Yoko Akino, Japanese, b.1967
Title: The Exploit. The Endeavour. The Deed
Date: 2014
Medium: Etching
Sheet: 45.9 x 37.8 cm
Plate: 21.8 x 19.5 cm
Signed: lower right (under plate, in graphite): Yoko Akino
Credit Line: Purchased, 2017
Object Number: NGI.2017.22.1
DescriptionGraphic Studio Dublin, Fine Art Printmakers, was founded in 1960 to teach traditional printmaking skills then unavailable in Irish art colleges, and to provide studios and technical assistance to artists to make fine art prints. Its founders were Patrick Hickey, Leslie MacWeeney, Liam Miller, Elizabeth Rivers and Anne Yeats. Graphic Studio Gallery was established in 1988, to promote fine-art printmaking in Ireland and abroad, to educate the public about printmaking, and to exhibit and sell prints on behalf of member artists. It is located off Cope Street in Temple Bar while the Studio is based in an old warehouse building on North Circular Road.

Graphic Studio Dublin published Sponsors’ Portfolios from the 1960s to the 1980s. These portfolios consisted of six prints presented in a portfolio and in later publications a poem was also added. These works were produced to raise funds for the running of the studio and were a great success. In 2010 Graphic Studio relaunched the Sponsors' Portfolios as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. Over ten years, they will publish 10 portfolios (one per year). Each year an edition of 75 bespoke folders is made, each of which contains four prints by Graphic Studio printmakers and invited artists, as well as one piece of writing. Writers have included Jennifer Johnston and Colm Tóibín. The 2014 Graphic Studio Dublin Sponsors’ Portfolio includes works by Yoko Akino, Diana Copperwhite, Ruth O’Donnell, Michael Timmons, and John Banville.
ProvenancePrinted at Graphic Studio Dublin; on offer for purchase from Graphic Studio Gallery, 2017
Inscriptioncentre (under plate): The Exploit. The Endeavour. The Deed
lower left (undr plate): 18/75

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