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Alfons Bytautas studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art in the 1970’s, where he was first introduced to the technique of etching, beginning a life-long involvement with printmaking.

Shortly after graduating he joined Edinburgh Printmakers and is now a Master Printer and Senior Etching Technician.

In 1983 he studied in Paris at the celebrated printmaking studio, Atelier 17, the studio of S.W. Hayter.Alfons was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1994, becoming an Academician in 2006.He has been Visiting Lecturer at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle since 2001 and also teaches on the BA Fine Art Course at Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist.

Alfons has led research pioneered at Edinburgh Printmakers to develop etching techniques that virtually eliminate the use of hazardous substances. He has directed numerous workshops throughout the UK and in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Japan. This year he will present a printmaking master class as part 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

As well as being an artist in his own right, he is also a master-printer and has worked with many of Scotland’s most prestigious artists such as Alan Davie, Callum Innes and John Bellany.


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