Posted 18th November 2019
Meet... Phil Greenwood and Anna Harley
On today's blog, discover the works of Phil Greenwood and Anna Harley, whose atmospheric prints feature in our new Watts Contemporary exhibition,
In Print: Capturing Light.
Anna Harley is a professional fine art screenprinter, making her prints at Spike Print Studio in Bristol. In 2009, Anna was awarded a Master's Degree in Printmaking from the University of the West of England.
Her work is sold in several galleries nationwide and is regularly shown at open exhibitions around the country. Anna has exhibited multiple times in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She was recently selected to exhibit at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair in London.
'My work explores the silhouettes of trees and how their branches frame the light in the negative spaces behind them. The screenprint process suits my practice, because it allows me to build images in fine layers of ink. To produce a feeling of depth and light in the backgrounds of my prints, I have developed a technique of printing very fine translucent layers of ink from chiffon. This allows me to literally print the threads of the chiffon fabric on to the paper, allowing the white of the paper to shine through. Printing with chiffon exposures also generates an interference with the screen mesh, creating a moiré that appears in the print as a vibration, or visual movement behind the tree silhouette and brings the print alive.'
Phil Greenwood was born in 1943 in Dolgellau, North Wales and now lives in Kent. Educated at Harrow School of Art and Hornsey College of Art, he went on to teach and lecture for a short while in printmaking, and since 1971 has been a professional artist and printmaker.
A regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and the Bankside Gallery, home of The Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, he has also exhibited in Europe, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and Japan. His work is in many private and public collections including the Tate Gallery, Arts Council, British Council, Greenwich Museum, and Liverpool University. Phil Greenwood was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers in 1982.
'As a student, I was inspired by the Welsh artist George Chapman, who made etchings of industrial areas. Later influences included artists Ken Howard and Charles Bartlett. Now I work mainly on copper plates – in the summer (acid can only be used outside and doesn't work in the cold). My work is extremely economical in that I usually use only two plates and two or three colours to achieve a great range of tone and colour by overprinting and fusing one colour with another. My images do not always relate to a specific place – I work from an atmospheric amalgamation of ideas recalled.'
Interested in seeing Phil Greenwood and Anna Harley's works in person? Click here to find out more about In Print: Capturing Light. All works for sale.
Banner image: Phil Greenwood, River Light, etching with aquatint