Posted 11th July 2019
Meet... the Greenwich Printmakers
Greenwich Printmakers at 40
Aimee Birnbaum was born in New York and trained at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and now works at her studios in London and Tuscany. Aimee uses traditional etching techniques and is currently experimenting with incorporating collage and other media into her work.
In 2007, Aimee was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and she regularly exhibits at the Mall Galleries in London and with Mirabilis Art in Croatia and the UK. In 2015 her award winning work was exhibited in Bilbao, was juried into the International Shenzhen Biennale and toured throughout China. She has been the featured artist in the Baltic Festival of London, exhibiting with Signet Contemporary Art in solo exhibitions.
Kit Boyd lives and works in London, though has a strong affinity with Wales and Shropshire, having studied in visual art at Aberystwyth University where he specialised in painting and photography. Kit describes his etching and linocuts as following a 'British romantic tradition exploring our relationship with nature with a visionary element'.
From 2011, Kit studied printmaking at Morley College under the tutelage of Surrey artist, Richard Michell. Kit worked for the Campaign to Protect Rural England for many years before concentrating solely on his artistic practice; his love for the countryside and the natural world comes across strongly in his work. Kit shows widely across the UK and his work is held in the Printmakers Council Archive in Scarborough Art Gallery and the V&A. His work follows in the footsteps of Samuel Palmer and British neo-romantic artists of the 1940s.
Nikki Braunton studied illustration at Central St Martins and worked as an illustrator for some years before deciding her passion was printmaking. She went on to gain her MA in fine art printmaking at Camberwell School of Art.
Nikki's first prints were mainly etchings: very free and fluid images made with a technique called sugar lifting. More recently she has been experimenting with drypoint and finds the technique has given her prints a dark and haunting quality. Her work is inspired by nature, children's stories and fairy tales. Nikki's prints in this exhibition use the drypoint method – achieved by drawing into a piece of soft metal and then inking the plate afterwards, wiping and placing dampened paper on top before it is pushed through a press. No two prints are ever exactly the same.
Nikki has won a number of awards and now exhibits regularly including the Affordable Art Fair, Contemporary Print Show at the Barbican, Leeds City Art Gallery and the National Original Print Exhibition at Bankside Gallery.
Angela Brookes started her career teaching ceramics before training in printmaking at the Central School of Art and London University. Her prints celebrate the natural world: landscapes, seascapes, vast open spaces and huge skies are favourite topics, and she most enjoys depicting the ever-changing effects of light and colour at different times of the day. 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. 'I depict what I see around me, and draw on my deep memories of my rural upbringing. Sometimes it is just a glimpse from a train window that inspires my printmaking'.
Angela has exhibited work in galleries including The National Theatre, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Barbican, the Mall Galleries and the Oxo Gallery, and her work is held in many private collections.