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Portrait of Astrid by Tim Mara, 1973

The Tim Mara Collection includes most of the finished artworks housed within the Tim Mara Archive. The Archive itself houses over 150 finished artworks and additional materials including sketchbooks, stencils and experimental pieces in a variety of media. The pieces date from the early 1970s, when Mara was a student, until his death in 1997, at which time he was an art practitioner and Professor of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. The Tim Mara Trust Fund, which was set up in 1998, has generously funded this digitisation project.

Tim Mara was an Irish printmaker, and his work has been likened to the pop-art movements of the 1970s, although the artist saw his work more in terms of "old masters in modern dress", more similar to Velásquez and Vermeer, by whom he was much influenced. He adopted features of the Dutch Masters, such as light, clarity and stillness, while exploring other themes such as repeating patterns, reflection, refraction and shadow. He liked to look at familiar objects in familiar ways, without iconising them; many every day objects are printed and juxtaposed in his prints, driving this point home, but also exploring other topical issues, such as the miner's strike, morphic resonance, symbolism and identity.

Cardboard Box by Tim Mara, 1995-1996


As an artist Tim Mara was unusual in that he worked almost exclusively in the medium of print. Mara was particularly interested in photographic screen printing. This was a handcrafted, labour-intensive process that took up to three months to produce one print. He also used Intaglio techniques in an innovative and experimental manner. In the early 1990s at the Royal College of Art Tim Mara began to develop a use of colour separation photolithography and produced several prints between 1993 and 1997 which were either purely lithographic based or combined lithography with silkscreen printing.

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