Archive for the ‘Prints, Engravings & Blocks’ Category

Last Sunday, 6th of November, a new show opened at the famous art center in Beijing – 798.

Baiyaxuan Art Center is hosting an international exhibition of prints where four of my large prints are also included. This is thanks to the enthusiastic promotion of my work done by my good friend Nannan Wang.

Xia-xie-ni, Nate!


On 1st of July 2011 Stichting NOBILIS published a book dedicated to the work of Peter Lazarov 1991-2011; written by Pieter Jonker, photography and layout by Sijtze Veldema, Stilet Vormgeving Dwingeloo.

The 304 pages volume contains more than 500 reproductions divided on several categories – free prints, illustrations, ex libris and occasional graphics.

Special attention has been given to the PEPElpress editions of fine press books produced since 2002.

Price 49.50 euro.

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PEPELpress presents PROSPERO’S BOOKS by Peter Greenaway.

The limited edition of twelve made in Chongqing, China, in March 2011, contains six large size multicolored silkscreens, printed on high quality handmade Chinese paper.

Seven copies are bound with leather, five are paperback. All copies are in a  bag from recycled material.

Size 50,5 x 61 cm.

My thanks go to Peter Greenaway for his generous permission to use his text; to Sieds de Boer who came up with the idea for this book; to my Chongqing friends: Lan Jian for his vital help during the production of the book in the studio of Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Cao Wen for the printing  and Zhang Liang for the binding; also to Li Qilong and Li Jinghang.

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The programme of the 6th International Triennial of Graphic Arts in Sofia has occupied six galleries.

Marcus Frizing  from Luxembourg  received the Grand Prix.

The Three Prizes of Equal Standing went to the Bulgarian printmakers:

Peter Lazarov (1958), Dimo Kolibarov (1965) and Vasil Angelov (1987).

Zoran Miše Zoc (1984) from Macedonia took the prize for young author.

The final exhibition of the Triennial shows 220 prints created by artists from 32 countries.


A special honorary diploma for development and promotion of contemporary graphic art was awarded to the Guanlan Original Printmaking Base located in Shenzhen city of south China’s Guangdong Province.

That’s where, in the International Artists Village at the Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, Peter Lazarov engraved his two prints in 2009,  awarded on Tuesday in the Sixth International Triennial of Graphic Arts.

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More than ten years ago one extraordinary fine press book got my attention: The wood engravers of North America.

The people behind the book were Crispin & Jan Elsted from the Barbarian Press, Mission, Canada. When I visited them in Mission in 2002 I was enchanted by their way of life and high standard of bookmaking.

As wood engraver I was fortunate to be chosen by them for their Endgrain Edition.

We became dear friends and they inspired my own efforts in making books and establishing my PepelPress the same year. However, I haven’t  forgotten the deep impression of their first book on the American tradition in wood engraving. In 2004 I already had a concept for a similar book dedicated to the tradition of engraving of the department of printmaking where I graduated – University of Velico Turnovo, Bulgaria.

I didn’t have the ambition to make a ‘history’ book, rather a personal one. The idea was to assemble a volume with original prints made by my teachers, my colleagues, my students, the students of their student….up until now. Since then I have been collecting blocks from all people I knew will fit in this simple scheme.

Years passed….

And the last weekend, at the friendly house of the excellent Belgian master printer Francis Dirix in Hasselt, in his Black Box studio, the first steps to accomplishing the project were firmly laid.

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On January 14th 2009, Wednesday, a work by Bulgarian artist Peter Lazarov will officially enter the prestigious collection of the Plantin Moretus Museum, Antwerp, Belgium.

It is, for the first time, that a Bulgarian artists’ work will enter the collection of one of the most renowned graphical museums in the world – the first printing house, whose library has been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage.

The museum notably houses the oldest printing machines in the world (XVI century), and has in its collections a.o. the graphical work of Peter Paul Rubens, as well as a copy of the Guttenberg Bible.

The work of Peter Lazarov that will enter the collection was offered by GreenCat Gallery and accepted by the museum, and consists of a printing block and the first print of an invitation for the Frans Masereel exhibition that took place in Sofia in November 2008. One hundred prints were made of which Number 1 will now find its place in the museum, as well as the original printing block which will equally guarantee no supplementary editions of the work.

The overhanding will take place on Wednesday, January 14th, at 11 o’clock, at the Plantin Moretus Museum.  For this, we would kindly request your assistance, and hope that yourself, or a delegate from the Bulgarian embassy will be present for this exceptional moment.

The short ceremony will be headed by Mr. Toon Streppel – Head of Office of European Parliament in Bulgaria, in name of GreenCat Gallery, in the presence of Mr. Peter Lazarov, Kurt Houbrechts, Nadia Maneva, and (hopefully – of H.E. Mr. Christo Georgiev – Ambassador of Bulgaria in Brussels).

The work will be accepted officially into the collection by Mme Marijke Hellemans, Curator of the Museum, in the presence of Mr. Peter De Wilde, Cabinet expert for the Olderman of culture of the city of Antwerp, Mme Odette Peterink, Public Relations of the Plantin Moretus museum, and Mr. Guy Hutsebaut, typographical expert of the museum.