For 2018 we partnered with Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk and with Bankside Gallery in London, the gallery for the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, with a short-list of some of the best printmakers working in the UK today. We were delighted to welcome Gail Brodholt as our Printmaker of the Year 2018.
Gail Brodholt is a leading painter and printmaker of contemporary urban landscapes. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), where she currently holds the post of Honorary Curator. She holds a degree in Fine Art (Painting) from Kingston University. She has exhibited widely and is the recipient of many prizes for printmaking. Exhibitions in 2017 include solo shows at Eames Fine Art in London, Church St Gallery in Saffron Walden, Gallery Nine in Bath and For Art’s Sake, London.
Gail is both a painter and a printmaker and finds that working in one medium informs and enhances the other. She has published two lithographs in collaboration with the Curwen Studio. She works from her purpose built printmaking studio in Woolwich, south London and has recently been the subject of a book by Mascot Media on her work.
Gail says of her practice “I’m really interested in those unconsidered and unnoticed places that people pass through. They are on their way to somewhere else, presumably more important – on the escalators, on the tube, train station platforms, motorways… I like that sense, which we all have, of feeling that anything could happen between departing and arriving – although of course it almost always doesn’t. When you are travelling you are free from normal life’s routines and obligations, with all the anticipation of an adventure ahead of you.”
Printmaker of the Year 2017 ~ Jason Hicklin
Jason Hicklin is represented by Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk, Yorkshire, and Eames Fine Art Gallery in London. We were thrilled to have him as our Printmaker of the year for 2017.
Jason graduated from St. Martin’s in 1988 and then from The Central School of Art in 1991, Jason was elected a member of The Royal Society of Painters-Printmakers in 1993 and now holds the position of Royal Engraver. Jason is currently a lecturer of Printmaking at City and Guilds Art School in London and has his own studio in Shropshire. Jason’s work captures the feel of the weather and light and it’s effect on the landscape. All Jason’s work is begun outdoors. carrying the minimum of equipment, he will walk and climb the desired area for days and sometimes nights, often in extreme weather. He describes working outdoors in these tense and exciting conditions as a trememdously connecting experience – feeling a part of the land itself.
Printmaker of the Year 2015 ~ Jane Glynn
We partnered with Zillah Bell Gallery and asked who they felt were the best printmakers working in the UK today and Jane was selected from their short list of artists.
Jane is an Irish artist/printmaker with a Masters Degree in Fine Art Printmaking from the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) in Dublin. Liminal space is the cornerstone of Jane’s work. Her focus has been on the interiors of buildings in transition―places that are floating between functions, drifting towards abandonment and decay, hovering between ownership old and new. She has a fascination with the remnants of past lives – both physical and psychological – that remain in these buildings long after their inhabitants have gone. Primarily through intaglio printmaking and photography, Jane engages with these atmospheric spaces and their sense of fleeting temporality. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and was chosen for the inaugural exhibition of The Royal Academy of Arts in North Yorkshire at Zillah Bell Galleries in Thirsk, Yorkshire.
Printmaker of the Year 2014 ~ Gill Tyson
In autumn 2013, we partnered with Edinburgh Printmakers and their Studio Director, Alastair Clark to nominate some of the UK’s best printmakers. Gill Tyson was selected from their shortlist of artists.
Gill studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University, receiving an MA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1979. Her main practice is in lithography, concentrating on the richness of expressive marks within this medium. She develops her prints by building up layers of colour to create a depth and intensity in deceptively simple and distilled imagery. Her work has been likened to “painting in slow motion”.
Gill says “I like remote environments. I seek out human markers in the landscape: a circus poster on a telegraph pole by the Arctic Sea, a kilometre marker in the Namib Desert. It’s The End Of The Road was a series of images looking at places where the road runs out; a pier collapsed into the sea, an abandoned signal station in Donegal. My last exhibition Shelter focussed on different sources of shelter, from a castle to a telephone box, including recent work from the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda. I think that implicit in my subject matter is our desire at times to withdraw and retreat from the world whilst still needing the companionship and support of human communion.”
Her recent exhibitions include the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh Printmakers, The Red Barn and Printroom. In 2012 she was one of the artists representing Britain in The International Print Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan.
Gill has recently completed residencies in Ireland and Wales. In 2008 she received a Visual Arts Award from the Hope Scott Trust and in 2009 a Visual Arts Award from The City of Edinburgh and Scottish Arts Council.
Her work is held in public collections including; Aberdeen Art Gallery, Art in Healthcare, Ritchie Collection, University of Dundee, Fife Council, Readers Digest, Smithsonian Institution, Mobil Oil, Royal Bank of Scotland, Melon Financial Corporation George Watson’s College, Parliamentary Art Collection-House Of Lords.
Printmaker of the Year 2013 ~ Katherine Jones
In autumn 2012, we partnered with Leicester Print Workshop whose members nominated the artists they felt were the best printmakers working in the UK today and Katherine was selected from their short list of artists.
Based in South East London, Katherine completed a degree in Printmaking at Cambridge School of Art before studying for an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. In 2007 she was awarded the research fellowship in printmaking at the City and Guilds of London Art School and has won numerous awards over recent years including the Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust Award of Excellence 2010 and the International Print Biennale Solution Group Prize 2009. Katherine was shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Arts Fellowship Foundation Award in Printmaking.
The tension between safety and danger, security and vulnerability, are a central focus of Katherine’s work. The flexibility of her chosen medium, collagraph, allows her to continually add and subtract colour and contrast from the plate or block until, after a lengthy proofing process, she arrives at the finished piece. Her printmaking methods are often experimental and for her there is nothing rigid about the process of print.
Katherine’s prints Stove and Forest Light have been selected by Gill Saunders, senior curator in the word and image department at the V&A Museum, to be included in the V&A prints and drawings collection. This follows the recent purchase of two new collagraphs The Vanishing Land and Outpost by the Palace of Westminster Parliamentary Art Committee for a re-hang of the recently refurbished House of Lords and Millbank Tower.
Printmaker of the Year 2012 ~ Kelly Stewart
In Autumn 2011, we asked print studios around the country to nominate the best printmakers in the UK. Kelly was nominated by Edinburgh Print Studio and was chosen from a short list of artists by a selection panel comprising Printfest organisers and artists.
Born in Sydney Australia, Kelly studied a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) Hons, majoring in illustration at the University of Western Sydney followed by a further year of printmaking. In 2000 she moved to Edinburgh to pursue her career in illustration and to be amongst traditional architecture. Drawing European traditional architecture fulfilled a passion that she craved, having been surrounded by predominantly modern architecture in Australia. Edinburgh became a constant source of inspiration and she began to draw quirky architectural sketches and street scenes combined with mark making and handwritten text. Equally, Kelly has a love of all creatures great and small so animals regularly feature in her work.
Kelly joined the Edinburgh Printmakers workshop in 2001 and in this time has dedicated most of her art making to the medium of silkscreen printing. She enjoys the drawn line and quite often varies the line quality, whether it be from a pencil, a graphite stick, charcoal or a nib and combines them into the one artwork through the screenprinting process. Screenprinting offers limitless opportunity in combining the drawings with found textures, photographic imagery and text.
Kelly has exhibited in galleries throughout the UK as well as open exhibitions such as the Visual Arts Scotland at the RSA, the Royal Glasgow Institute of fine arts and Aberdeen Artists society exhibition. Permanent collections are in Howies Restaurants (Edinburgh and Aberdeen) as well as in the Budongo Chimpanzee House at Edinburgh Zoo.
Printmaker of the Year 2011 ~ Trevor Price
Our 2011 Printmaker of the Year was Trevor Price. Trevor was chosen from a short list of artists provided by Printmaking Today magazine, with the final selection made by a panel comprising Printfest organisers and artists. As our Printmaker of the Year, Trevor worked with members of the local community on a large-scale, participatory print which was completed and unveiled at Printfest 2011.
Trevor specialises in drypoints and etchings that are handmade and handprinted from studios in St.Ives and London. His artworks usually represent the intimacy between a couple, sometimes romantic, sometimes erotic and often humorous. Artistic influences include Picasso, Freda Kahlo, Ben Nicholson and Cecil Collins. Location can also be a big influence in the work, and his Cornish roots often feature.
Trevor Price studied at Falmouth and Winchester Schools of Art. He is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and exhibits widely throughout Europe, with regular solo shows of both paintings and original prints.. His work is held in various collections including the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), Guangdong Museum of Art (China), Yale University (USA), and The Bank of England.
He has won several national printmaking awards, and has on several occasions been an invited selector for the annual national printmaking exhibition held at the Mall Galleries in London.
Printmaker of the Year 2010 ~ Anja Percival
Our 2010 Printmaker of the Year was Anja Percival. Printfest partnered with Northern Print Studio who provided a short list of artists and the final selection was made by a panel comprising Printfest organisers and artists, with the advice of Printmaking Today, the leading magazine for artist printmakers.
Anja is fascinated by the different atmospheres that light creates in rural and especially urban environments. She uses variations in light, form, texture and colour to magnify the moods and sensations of the places she experiences – lonely streets, deserted railway stations and even the canals of Venice – in etchings of haunting beauty.
Anja trained at Falmouth College of Art between 1998 and 2002. She has been a member of several print studios in Cornwall and in 2005 moved to Copenhagen to continue her printmaking at the prestigious National Workshops for Arts and Crafts at the Gammel Dok Pakhus in Strandgade. Whilst in Denmark she discovered the unique print studios at Odense – the Fyns Grafiske Vaerksted. Today she divides her time between the print studio in Odense and the Northern Print Studio in Newcastle. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Denmark and throughout the UK. She has won a number of Prizes, including the Bodil Prize in Denmark.