Posted 22nd July 2019
Meet... the Greenwich Printmakers
Greenwich Printmakers at 40
Ann Burnham trained at Harrow School of Art and worked as a graphic designer for some years before becoming a full-time printmaker. She now works from her garden studio in North West London. Her work is inspired by a fascination with the textures and patterns found in both the natural and man-made landscapes around us. She is drawn to the beauty of the rolling Shropshire countryside and the narrow hedgrow lanes: 'I love that sense of mystery about where things may lead and where they may have originated'. She enjoys the direct and rich mark making of the collagraph and monoprint processes, as well as the more precise methods of reduction linocut and etching, which reflect her graphics background.
Ann exhibits regularly, including at Bankside Gallery, the Society of Woman Artists at the Mall Galleries, and the Affordable Art Fair.
Chapel on the Hill by Ann Burnham is also available for purchase online on the Watts Shop. Click here to browse.
Libby Carreck started painting from an early age and her interest in flowers and the natural world stems from childhood walks in Pembrokeshire. She studied textiles at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design and worked for several years as a textile designer and colourist. Her love of colour and the natural world was further enhanced whilst living in Barbados, where she began to paint the local Caribbean flora and sell her paintings through a gallery in Bridgetown. She returned to England and studied etching to further her skills. Libby works in intaglio, watercolour, oil and pencil and she is currently experimenting with printing on Japanese papers, which 'can be very tricky as the paper can be very thin and some prints need weeks to dry between different ink layers'.
Libby is a fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists and her work has been shown in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and the Mall Galleries.
Night Garden by Libby Carreck is also available for purchase online on the Watts Shop. Click here to browse.
Mary Cossey thought she was going to be a ballerina but instead studied fine art and later etching at Ravensbourne College of Art, and has been drawing, painting and etching ever since. Her favoured subjects are her grandchildren - she says, 'it is a great advantage to work from the very familiar' - but Mary has also made many prints of her local London architecture and landscape. In describing her etchings she says, 'they are really drawings as they are done in situ directly onto plates'. She prefers to work directly from the subject: 'I find it almost impossible to work from photographs when it does not matter if people move or the tree that excites you and from which you were working is cut down'.
Mary has won numerous awards for her printmaking and exhibits widely. She has regularly been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Mary has work in many collections including the Houses of Parliament.
Gathered Flowers by Mary Cossey is also available for purchase online on the Watts Shop. Click here to browse.
Diana Croft is a printmaker and painter from Dorking in Surrey. Diana completed a degree in illustration at Brighton University, afterwards working as an artist's assistant to the printmaker, Brenda Hartill. In the mid-1990s Diana and her family lived for a year in Brunei in Borneo. This sparked her love of the tropics. She has since travelled extensively in India, Morocco, and much of South East Asia and most recently Myanmar. These experiences have influenced much of her work and her strong sense of colour and texture. Diana is equally inspired by her local environment and has created stylised collagraphs and linocuts over several years depicting the Surrey Hills and the rolling chalk landscape of the South Downs.
Diana is a co-ordinator for Surrey Artists Open Studios and has taken part in the event since it started in 2000. Diana exhibited in a solo show, Diana Croft: Colour Pattern.
Beyond the Gate by Diana Croft is also available for purchase online on the Watts Shop. Click here to browse.