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Annie Bocel

Annie Bocel Printmaker
French, English
By appointment only
+33 (0)643109834
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Revealing the unknown

  • • Annie graduated from the Estienne art school in Paris
  • • She was apprentice to engraver Jean-Luc Seigneur
  • • She started making art books with her sister, a bookbinder

In her printmaking, Annie Bocel seeks to capture atmospheres of the natural world, shedding light on what is lost or forgotten, and revealing the unknown. “My works are like maps that guide you towards this otherworld,” she says. When Annie opened a printmaking workshop in northern Finistère, she simultaneously became an engraver of typographic punches at the French national printing office. She contributes to highlighting the importance of typographic punches and their conservation, a profession recently listed on the French intangible cultural heritage list. This experience has exposed her to many different scripts, such as Cuneiform, Tifinagh, Arabic, Japanese and Hebrew, which she appreciates for their beauty.

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Krill forms part of a series of embossed works inspired by fossils. Annie first embossed sheets of brass with the designs, using this to emboss the paper, which was finally hot stamped with golden shades. The piece forms part of her Dialogue avec les Os (Dialogue with Bones) series.

Length 20 cm
Height 20 cm

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This monochrome aquatint etching printed on hahnemühle paper forms part of Annie Bocel’s Les Baigneuses (Bathers) series. Annie has drawn her inspiration for this series from aquatic life including Myriophyllum, a genus of freshwater aquatic plant.

Length 52 cm
Height 26 cm

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Flûteau nageant

This aquatint engraving from an etched sheet of copper is part of Annie Bocel’s Les Baigneuses (Bathers) series. The series was inspired by aquatic life, especially freshwater plants such as floating water-plantains.

Length 42 cm
Height 23 cm

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