In Print: Unique Christmas Gifts

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Posted 12th December 2017

In Print: Unique Christmas Gifts - prints available from £110.

This week's artist's voice is Anne Gournay a renowned printmaker who now lives and works in London.

“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."

You can see Gournay's works on display, including the pictures right, in our latest Watts Contemporary Gallery exhibition, In Print: British Landscapes.

In Print: British Landscapes brings together work by 13 contemporary print makers to celebrate the diversity of contemporary practice in this medium and is on until 7 January.

From the coasts of Norfolk, Northumberland, Sussex and Wales through to the countryside of Yorkshire, Shropshire, Dorset and Devon – as well as local Surrey scenes of Boxhill and Oxshott Heath – this exhibition demonstrates how the landscape is an endless source of fascination for artists. Using wood engraving, linocut, collage, etching, screenprinting and solar plate etching, the exhibition shows the wide range of techniques employed by today's artists to depict landscape in print.

Featured artists are Kit Boyd, Stuart Brocklehurst, Angela Brookes, Ann Burnham, Louise Davies, Mary Gillett, Anne Gournay, Gloria Holden, Jennifer Jokhoo, Andy Lovell, Howard Phipps, Judith Robertson and Richard Shimell. The exhibition is a collaboration with Gwen Hughes Fine Art.

In Print: Unique Christmas Gifts - prints available from £110.