Stoney Road Press, from Dublin, Ireland, is an independent fine art print studio. Their collection of print works represents a wide variety of styles and methods. Pieces from Stoney Road are held in noted private and public collections around the world including: the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Boston Public Library, The Arts Council, Princeton University and many more. They are the only independent commercial fine art print studio in Ireland.
Stoney Road are coming to Miami Beach for the tenth time as part of Ink Miami 2018 December 5 to 9, 2019, at the Dorchester Hotel (1850 Collins Ave,, Miami Beach).
"It has become a very important part of our art fair calendar. Coming only weeks after the main IFPDA New York print Fair--a lot of conversations begun with clients in New York get completed at INK," says co-founder, David O’Donoghue. "We have more space to show work and more time to engage with clients than we have in New York. Ink is a very friendly fair; people really enjoy it and frequently rank it amongst their favorite fair in Miami."
Ink Miami is dedicated to printed work (although you may see the occasional piece that is not a print). They are also unique in that they open earlier than other fairs. You can go to Ink with your morning coffee in hand.
"So each morning, Ink gets lots of visitors enjoying coffee and croissants from our breakfast trolley while visiting each of the booths. It is very easy and relaxed," says O’Donoghue. "They then head off feeling replete to the madnesses of Miami and the other art fairs--only to return later that day to INK to collapse on your couch,to enjoy your air conditioning and a complementary cold beverage while regaling you with tales of their art fair adventures that afternoon."
Cross, best known as a sculptor, will be showing work, collectively titled, Medusae. It is a continuation of the artist's obsession with the ocean. These prints of jellyfish glow in the dark (yes, there will be a dark room where you can see this). O’Donoghue says that the word "jellyfish" is a beautiful word in the Irish language, smugairle róin.
"This is pronounced SMUGLELY ROIN--the literal translation of which in English is "seal snot’-- not so lovely!" he says.
They are also working on a glow in the dark jellyfish t-shirt which may be ready for the fair. It is to be hoped the shirt says "seal snot" somewhere on it.
Duggan's work, in neon, is titled I fell in love with the wall and is inspired by Sam Morgan Storm. Morgan is one of the few female "Wall of Death" riders. She got her start, at the age of 15, working at the Dade County Motordrome. Over her career she was injured man times. She passed away in 2008 at the age of 53. The Wall of Death is a circular, mesh globe and inside is a daredevil riding a motorcycle. How anyone even thought of this as an attraction boggles the imagination and it is as dangerous as it is fascinating.
"The scale of the rooms at INK gives an opportunity to showcase a lot more works than we have at IFPDA. We bring a large selection of works by a variety of artists. You can rest assured that the very artist you decide not to bring to INK one year is the artist that a client will ask for when visiting. So I kind of have to bring everything!" says O’Donoghue "We always aim to have a number of new works & projects which visitors/clients like to see. Then there are the favourites--like the Donald Teskey carborundum seascapes. We bring the acrylic plates the prints were made from and examples of the prints broken down into the sequence of plates showing how the image is developed. Visitors love to see this as it really helps explain how the process works-that these prints are all hand made by the artist, hand inked by the master printers at Stoney Road Press and not just reproductions of a painting."
Stoney Road have been in business for 18 years, initially working mostly with Irish artists but recently expanding to include artists from the U.K. and the United States. Ink Miami, and other art fairs around the world, are an important, even essential, part of Stoney Road's bottom line.
"We are based in Dublin--with a very modest (that's being generous) art market. For the past 10 years we have been exhibiting in the US at art fairs in New York, Miami, L.A., Palm Springs, San Francisco and Portland. This year we added Cleveland to the list and we hope to show in Seattle later this year," says O’Donoghue. "I would say about 50 percent of our turnover comes from the Art fairs. As an art publisher getting access to this very large art audience is an essential part of our business and one we couldn’t achieve at home in Dublin. It's amazing how people know us from San Francisco and then see us in New York or when they are in London in May when we are showing at the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy."
Another important part of the fair is putting the art in context for viewers. You can see the art on the website but you cannot exchange stories with the artists or gallery owners.
"I enjoy meeting people at the fairs. I like talking about the artists we work with and the how the works were made. There are stories and anecdotes about the artists )and) visitors to our booths enjoy hearing these tales. It brings the
works to life." he says.
O’Donoghue also takes some time for himself during Miami Art Week (as every exhibitor should).
"I swim every day at dawn on South Beach. It's a wonderful start to the day watching the sun rise." he says.
It is to be hoped O’Donoghue knows it is Portuguese man o' war season in December. That is one seal snot encounter to be avoided.