HELENA MARKSON (1934-2012)
Liverpool Pier Head
etching and aquatint
signed, numbered 75/100, and inscribed with title
16¾ x 21¾ ins (42.5 x 55.2 cm)
Emma Mason, A sense of place: the art of Helena Markson, illustrated on the front cover
A specialist printmaker, Markson was born into a Jewish family in London, and attended Central School of Art from 1950 to 1955. She then took up a teaching post at Byam Shaw Art School, and remained committed to art education all her life, alongside the making of her prints. Her subject was chiefly the urban landscape, and her work began to be exhibited widely in the mid-1950s onwards. She was commissioned to make a series of prints depicting Liverpool. These aquatints were published by Editions Alecto in 1964-65 as the Liverpool Suite. From 1970, she spent most of her life working and teaching in Israel.