British printmaker Matthew Tyson founded imprints studio in 1984 to promote and publish artists’ books and prints. Isabella Oulton joined him in 1991, the same year that they moved to Piégros, La Clastre in southeastern France. imprints has published books and prints by many international artists and writers, including: François Morellet, Bruce McLean, Jerome Rothenberg, Gottfried Honegger, Antoine Emaz, David Rabinowitch, Heiner Thiel, Stephen Chambers, and Jacques Jouet.
Sky Blue Sky includes original prints and artists’ books by Tyson, as well as works by other artists that have published in collaboration with imprints. Several new works created in response to pieces from RAM’s Permanent Collection during an artists’ residency in Riverside will also be shown and have never before been exhibited.
imprints works with artists and writers on a collaborative basis using relief printing and etching facilities at the imprints studio in the Drôme region of France. Artists who typically work in other types of media are encouraged to work as closely as possible to their usual working practice during the collaborative processes and use both traditional and unorthodox techniques.
In 2008, imprints-Galerie opened to show the work of the artists with whom prints had been published. The gallery extends the ethos of the press, showing affordable work in a domestic setting.
Tyson and Oulton also work as consultants for the production of artists’ books, the organization of exhibitions and fairs, and in the areas of professional development and training. They teach at numerous institutions worldwide.
imprints books and prints can be found in public collections around the world, including: Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Tate Gallery (London), Musée Nationale d'Art Moderne (Paris), Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (New York City), and the New York Public Library, amongst many others.