Posted 4th October 2017
Watts Contemporary Gallery
Find out more about the artists to be featured in our upcoming exhibition in Watts Contemporary Gallery, In Print: British Landscapes (13 October 2017 - 7 January 2018).
KIT BOYD is a painter/printmaker who lives and works in London, though he has a strong affinity with mid-Wales and Shropshire where he has studied and lived. He follows in the footsteps of Samuel Palmer and British neo-romantic artists of the 1940s. He shows widely across the UK and is a member of Greenwich Printmakers and the Printmakers Council.
“The appeal of creating landscapes to me is in leading the viewer away from reality into a mystical or magical refuge. Some of these landscapes grow organically from my imagination, while others are real places.
The particular challenges of landscape are in finding a deeper meaning which goes beyond the surface level depiction of the land, sea and sky. I’m not interested in photographic reproduction of a place – it is finding the sense of place that appeals to me.”
STUART BROCKLEHURST is a printmaker from the Calder Valley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Working mainly in linocut and mezzotint, he takes his inspiration from the landscape and wildlife of the natural environment.
“For me” he says, “printmaking is a marvellous alchemy of craftsmanship skill and art. I take pleasure in working in a traditional way with tools and methods that have changed very little over the centuries.”
“Each print has a different inspiration: it may be the light on a distant hillside or the pattern of clouds racing above the moor. I made sketches and watercolour studies, then back in the studio I try to recapture the mood and excitement of the initial moment, and make the best print I can.”
ANGELA BROOKES works from her small studio at home in Greenwich, using her trusty Bewick press. Her prints explore the mystery and glory of the landscape, be they urban, rural or imagined. She works in both monochrome and colour, and her recent work has been focussing on the light-based transfer of her drawings onto gravure plates which she then prints to create her atmospheric images.
“Holidays in Scotland and the Lake District have fed my love of mountains. I enjoy depicting the ever-changing effects of light and colour and different times of the day, as the seasons roll through the year. I often visit Norfolk, where I am attracted to the vast open spaces and huge skies.”
ANN BURNHAM trained at Harrow School of Art and worked as a graphic designer for some years before becoming a full-time printmaker. She works from her garden studio in north west London, where she also runs regular workshops and classes in printmaking. She was a prize-winner in the “Inspired by…” competition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2012, and her works have been included in the Bankside RE open, Affordable Art Fair and the exhibition of the Society of Woman Artists at the Mall Galleries in London.
“I am fascinated by the shapes, textures and colours found in the landscape, and I enjoy trying to capture the elements that move me. My prints are inspired by the textures and patterns in both the natural and man-made landscape, as well as a sense of mystery about where things have originated, and where they might lead. I enjoy the direct and rich mark-making of the collagraph and monoprint processes, as well as the more precise methods of reduction linocut and etching.”
LOUISE DAVIES studied Fine Art at St Martin’s School of Art in London, followed by an MA in printmaking at Camberwell School of Art. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and exhibits widely throughout the UK. She works from her studio in Woolwich, South London.
“I was brought up in the South West of England, and I think my work has derived from my immediate response to the land at a young age. I am attracted to the natural shapes, formations and colours created by nature, and I try to convey the atmosphere and timing of the seasons in my work. I use etching and collograph plates to build up a structure which relates to the land, and the time of day.”
MARY GILLETT grew up in Devon, and returned to live there after completing a Fine Art degree at the University of the West of England, and postgraduate studies in printmaking at Brighton. As a member of the South West Academy, the Plymouth Society of Artists and the 21 Group of Artists, she exhibits widely across the West Country and the rest of the UK. She has also taught printmaking for over 25 years, founding Tamar Print Workshop in 1992, and sees teaching as integral to her overall practice.
“Familiarity appeals to me, and most of the places I choose to depict are ones that I know well. These are places imbued with memories – I am aware of layers of time, geological events, the effects the weather and human activity have had on the landscape. The challenge is to merge a personal vision of inner and outer landscape, to convey both intimacy and the scale of our surroundings.”
ANNE GOURNAY practiced art in parallel with a career in marketing initially, but retrained in 2003 and specialised in painting at l’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris Glaciere. After time in Paris and New York, she moved to London and discovered printmaking at Central St Martin’s. Her work is held in many private collections worldwide, and in the V&A print collection. She lives and works in London.
“I am drawn to highly contrasted and textured images. I work from my photographs, using my camera and my imagination as a sketchbook. I have a very precise idea in my mind of what I’m aiming for, and use various printmaking techniques – sometimes combining them – to achieve the desired result."
"The Ghost Town series explores the issues of the isolation one can feel in our modern society. These images were produced from photographs I took in London, after a full night of snow. The light emanating from the snow was amazing – stronger than the light from the sky. I started by making solar plates from my photographs, but I realised I needed to add something more, to achieve the timeless feel I was after. So I decided to hand-etch a second plate to modify the atmosphere. The combination of the two creates a sort of surrealist impression, to communicate how incredible it is to be in the middle of a large city, but feel alone.”
GLORIA HOLDEN was a teacher of art and design, but since retiring has become increasingly engrossed in the world of printmaking, specialising in intaglio and collage techniques. After studying at Loughborough and Leeds, she worked in Kent secondary schools and adult education, and completed an MA in Education at Canterbury Christchurch University. She is a member of the Printmakers’ Council and The Victoria Printmakers group, and has exhibited across the UK and in Ireland. She lives and works at Gravesend in Kent.
“Having originally studied textile design, I am naturally drawn to the textured layers and patterns I see in landscapes. Skies, land formations and surface qualities are constantly shifting, depending on the effects of light, climate and the passage of time. This continuous change is both a fascination and a challenge. The printmaking process is another challenge in itself, and I relish the act of experimenting with new techniques and processes. My recent landscape pieces are assembled from fragments of my own prints, built up in layers to echo the structure of the landscape I see.”
JENNIFER JOKHOO originates from New Zealand, where she studied at Canterbury School of Fine Art. After a career in art education in her home country and Spain, she arrived in the UK, and now lives and works in the Surrey Hills. She has an eclectic interest in architectural structures, which often feature as underlying elements in her work. More recently her focus has shifted to the natural landscape and the effects of colour and light.
“I am an outdoor person by nature and I enjoy capturing the effects of light, colour and mark-making in the landscape. Hillside views, fields, wide skies and horizontal bands are elements I have become drawn to and feature in my recent prints. The landscapes reveal themselves slowly and require an element of patience. As does the creative process of reduction linocutting – which requires intricate cutting and layering of colour which takes place over many weeks.”
ANDY LOVELL studied illustration and printmaking at Liverpool School of Art and Design and now works as a fine art printmaker, living in Stroud in Gloucestershire. He regularly exhibits his work, and has shown with galleries across the UK, America and currently in Australia. His work is widely collected.
“My subject matter is often landscape, particularly where the land meets the sea – beaches, cliffs and wetlands. I enjoy the emotional charge and excitement of painting in the open, and this is the feeling I want to get down on paper as I paint on location. Once back in my studio, I develop a silkscreen print from the paintings I have produced, hoping to invest the image with the same character and energy, though this is very difficult, as the printmaking process imposes a natural simplification and a graphic quality to the image.”
HOWARD PHIPPS is a painter, printmaker and illustrator with a special interest in wood engraving. He studied at the Gloucestershire College of Art, and has exhibited widely over the past 30 years in group and one-man shows across the UK. He has shown frequently at the RA Summer Exhibition, where he has won several prizes, and his works have been greatly in demand. He is a member of the West of England Academy and the Society of Wood Engravers.
“I have always had an interest in landscape, in particular the chalk downs of Dorset and Wiltshire where I live. I have made a number of engravings of hill forts in recent years (e.g. Eggardon); in low light the structures of these are pronounced, and I am drawn to the shapes such as the ramparts which are then revealed. Trees often feature in my work – again, the observation of light is essential to emphasise the shapes I feel are important to the composition. All my wood engravings are based on often large drawings made on location.”
JUDITH ROBERTSON trained as an occupational therapist, and worked for many years in psychiatry, specialising mainly in art. After taking a print-making course at Morley College in London in 2004, her art took more of a front seat, and she set up her own studio at home seven years ago, from where she offers linoprinting courses. Exhibitions include the Mall Galleries in London; she is a member of Southbank Printmakers.
‘’I especially enjoy the challenge of creating depth in a scene whilst working with an essentially flat medium. Developing a range of colours yet within such a limited palette is exciting! And the results are always unpredictable.’’
RICHARD SHIMELL lives in south Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor. He was new to printmaking and to art in general when he joined the Dartington Printmaking Workshop seven years ago. Since then, his work has appeared in exhibitions in Devon, Surrey and Sweden. He was admitted as a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in 2016.
“If I go a mile from where I live in one direction I’m on Dartmoor, in the other I’m in the farmed landscape of south Devon. Both appeal to me – the wild and the tamed. Recently, I’ve been drawn more to the ploughed fields, hedges and trees and the patterns I find in them.
The challenge of making landscapes for me is to find a way of simplifying what I see, so I can represent it in just a few colours or tones, while still creating something which has a bit of the spirit of the place.“