Meet... the Greenwich Printmakers

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Posted 11th August 2019

Meet... the Greenwich Printmakers

Greenwich Printmakers at 40

Peter Luty

Peter Luty was born and educated in Yorkshire. He started his professional career as an architect, working in Cambridge and London before setting up his own practice in Greenwich in 1980, where he also lived for many years. Peter's skill as an architect has strongly influenced his printmaking, which concentrates on the representation and interpretation of buildings old and new. He describes the buildings in his paintings, drawings and prints as 'exemplars of their type, some major buildings by modern or historic architects, some simple vernacular buildings of unknown provenance'.

Peter has exhibited at the National Theatre, Morley Gallery, and the Affordable Art Fair London. He has shown his work at Originals and the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition at the Mall Galleries. His work is in private collections in the UK, USA, Singapore, Sweden & Holland.

Deco Hotel by Peter Luty is also available to purchase online on the Watts Shop. Click here to browse.

Tammy Mackay

Tammy Mackay grew up on a farm in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Though she now lives in the UK, her work draws on the imagery of where she grew up. Often conceptualised as a series, Tammy's prints explore personal themes linked to an object, moment or past memory. 'When studying printmaking I primarily created prints with etching and aquatint. More recently I have used photopolymer plates and drypoint... often combined with hand-drawn or hand-coloured chine collé... Exploring and developing new techniques opens up new possibilities which I feel is essential to my development as a printmaker'.

Tammy exhibits her work at galleries in the UK and South Africa. Recent exhibitions include the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the London Original Print Fair, the Affordable Art Fair and the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition.

Bethany Marett

Bethany Marett was born in Lancashire and is now based in London. Bethany works in a variety of media, primarily printmaking, photography and sculpture. For Greenwich Printmakers at 40, Bethany is exhibiting work made predominantly using the linocut technique. 'As someone who thinks quite sculpturally, I relish the challenge of carving a lino plate - initially beginning with a drawing from which material is gradually removed, creating two planes of the relief'.

Bethany was selected as the Royal College of Art recipient of the Almacantar Studio Award in 2018. She exhibits widely and her work is held in public collections including the V&A, University of Calgary and Scarborough Art Gallery.

Nyx by Bethany Marett is also available to purchase online on the Watts Shop. Click here to browse.

Elaine Marshall

Elaine Marshall, a founding member of Greenwich Printmakers, was born in Greenwich and from her earliest years was always drawing. Elaine specialises in etching and relief techniques and her work is inspired by patterns - man-made mazes and Islamic concepts - and by natural forms, animals and birds in the landscape. 'With my lino cuts I use either one or several blocks according to the design. Often I merge several colours on the roller (the split roll technique) so the colours vary across the print. Other times I use up to four separate blocks to create overprinting colours'.

Elaine has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Contemporary Print Show at the Barbican, the National Theatre Gallery and Originals at the Mall Gallery. Her work is held in private and public collections including the National Maritime Museum and the V&A.

Gently Down the Stream by Elaine Marshall is also available to purchase online on the Watts Shop. Click here to browse.

Sally McKay

Sally McKay has held residencies and worked with many award-winning choreographers and dance companies, recording rehearsals through her drawing. Sally uses the drawings as a starting point in her printmaking and as inspiration for her paintings and life-size figurative wire sculptures. The moving figure, rhythm and energy are central to Sally's work; she wishes to capture 'the essence of fleeting moments of movement' and is inspired by the 'energy, vitality and stamina of the finely-tuned dancers' she works with. Rather than use a hard or soft ground to create the etchings, Sally favours the spontaneity and alchemy of directly painting onto zinc jet plate using sugar lift, with aquatint and sometimes spit-bite.

Sally is a member of the Printmakers Council and her work is held in both public and private collections, including the V&A and Scarborough Museum. Her etchings have been selected a number of times for the Royal Academy Summer Shows.

Fleeting Moment by Sally McKay is also available to purchase online on the Watts Shop. Click here to browse.

Image: Tammy MacKay, True Colours

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