“My woodcut prints are characterised by saturated colour and repeating motifs. Overlaid slabs of decorative patterning and natural forms link my immediate environment (near a river) with other places that I’ve travelled to or would like to see.
My way of working is exploratory: I usually make the prints in series of seven or eight at a time so I can play around and experiment with them, making changes as the work develops.
Prints are not produced as multiples- each one is unique.”
Julie studied for a degree in graphic design and illustration at Middlesex Polytechnic and after graduating worked for several years as a freelance illustrator alongside her lecturing and printmaking. She uses several printmaking techniques including monoprint, collagraph and linocut. Her prints are strongly influenced by her love of Persian miniatures with their beautiful patterns and flattened perspective. They often depict birds and beasts and the rich colours have a painterly quality. Julieʼs work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK as an illustrator, artist and printmaker and she has had work published in magazines and more recently by Woodmansterne Cards.
“My work is based around the themes of architecture and interiors. I take inspiration for my work from 1950’s textile prints and interior design, the work of Lucienne Day has formed a vital component in the development of my own art Practice.
I use a delicate continuous black line to capture the essence of an image, the line offset against blocks of colour and collage. My aim is to give a focus to the work which is reminiscent of the techniques, colours and element of pattern that is within 1950’s design.”
I am an experienced contemporary fine artist. I completed a degree in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and later studied at De Montfort University to complete an MA.
I have worked in various media but more recently the medium of print has proved a very successful vehicle for presenting my curious associations and metaphoric alliances. I am a member of the Birmingham Printmakers.
Jim Anderson is a printmaker, mosaic-maker, teacher, and writer. He uses several different media; recycled materials are paramount, and his work is steeped in the surreal and the satirical.
In 1994 Sister Wendy Beckett awarded him the under-30 prize at the Eastern Art Show. Since then he has won four awards in major exhibitions - most recently in 2007’s Small Print Big Impression. In 1997 he was co-founder of The Illustrated Ape magazine; and his book Handmade Prints – written with Anne Desmet – was published in 2000. He was also one of the artists featured in Tony Dyson’s book Printmakers’ Secret.
I have a degree in Visual Art/Art History from Aberystwyth University. Following a career in business, I became a full time artist in 2005 dividing my time between my own work, teaching and public art projects. I specialise in relief printmaking working in linocut and Japanese woodblock. In 2009 I studied traditional woodblock under masters in Japan and in 2013 I completed a second Japanese residency. I specialise in rural and costal landscape and have recently completed two commissions for the Health Service, providing large scale prints of the Isle of Wight and the South Downs.
Joanna has been printmaking since the late 1980s, for many years sporadically while bringing up a family but since 2007 she has had more opportunity to print and exhibit her work.
Much of Jo's work is based on walks around her home in Newcastle, a landscape of allotments, town moor and park though more recent prints have been inspired by the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. She is developing her use of woodcut to explore the degrees of transparency and subtlety which can be achieved with this medium and many of her woodcuts are printed by hand.
Jo divides her time as a printmaker with working part-time and teaching classes for Northern Print.
David T. Bowyer has been a life long printmaker, known principally for his limited edition colour etchings, but more recently returning to investigations into relief work using progressive cutting techniques.
His work is mainly landscape based, derived from visits around England and Wales; having grown up in Birmingham he finds an exotic appeal in the coastline and the progress of water to the sea. His printmaking has always been complemented by other studies on paper in oils, watercolour and drawing media, creating parallel, mutually supporting bodies of work.
“I’m based in Newcastle upon Tyne and am a member of Northern Print Studio. I most recently exhibited in 2014 as part of the International Print Biennale. I approach print as a painter, using screenprinting to develop layered translucent images using colour and line as well as making monoprinted images using ink and paint on the screen.
My prints are developed from drawings and papercuts and are inspired by plants, particularly flowers - themes include herbalism, notions of beauty, fertility and symbolism. I exploit drawing, which remains an underpinning medium for its directness, purity and simplicity.”
Working from sketch book studies and direct observation I create vibrantly coloured images using a stencil based printmaking technique with the addition of offset marks from the rollers and drypoint card plates.
Layers of inks are applied directly to the picture surface using small hand held rollers, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next. By wiping off areas that are not quite dry and removing the ink, hidden colours are revealed and the richness of the image is gradually built up.
As an artist my work is inspired by the natural environment. From the abstractions of light, shade and cloud patterns on the landscape, to the ripples spreading across a crystal clear river caused by a trout rising to take a fly. I draw and paint images of places I have a strong affinity with, many through association having lived and worked there.
Influenced by Japanese woodblock prints and the simplicity of early 20th Century travel posters, linocut printing forms the main focus of my work. I make reduction prints from a single block, printing the colours sequentially from light to dark. The editions are all hand printed using a Japanese baren – there is no press involved.
Springing from the pages of her sketch books and inspired by all things ornithological, Sue has made collagraphs for 18 years. An intaglio process which involves making a collage combining tile cement, carborundum and found textures.
Sue is fascinated by our relationship and interaction with birds in our environment and is continually inspire by the bird visitors to her town garden. She is also passionate about promoting the understanding of the artist print, Sue leads workshops and demonstrations for groups of all ages in collagraph and mixed media sketch book techniques.
I am a contemporary printmaker, working from my studio in West Yorkshire where I also run Printmaking Courses. I have taken part in residencies and many national and international exhibitions. I exhibited at Printfest in 2003 and 2005 and was given the ‘Printmakers Printer Award’. I am currently completing a residency in Gloucestershire.
I use intaglio and relief print processes to explore form and line and generate new life in the process. My approach is organic and intuitive. The main themes are flora, fauna, our internal anatomy, water, movement and tides. All feature strongly as metaphors for change and renewal.
James Bywood is an artist, printmaker and educator. Based in Morley, West Yorkshire, James is interested in replicating the British landscape through print. He specialises in taking screen-print techniques beyond their traditional commercial environment and using them to capture the landscape - both natural and man-made - in which he lives. James was educated at Bristol College of Art before working in the commercial print industry. He now splits his time between teaching printmaking, exhibiting his prints nationally, helping to manage the annual Saltaire Arts Trail, and aiding small businesses across Yorkshire capture their creative side to grow their sales.
Tang Chenghua, who teaches at the China Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA), his work which straddles the divide between materials and mediums, has traces of a magnificent personal style. Thick, bold ink strokes are the backbone, forming the foundation for a freewheeling clash between colour and space. The image structure is marked by Chinese Kuangcao calligraphy, with its bizarre combinations of cursive Chinese script and empty space. The finely textured strokes sweep across the space, adding vivid and lively tones to the overall image. Vast swaths of blackness hint at an empty void, giving the picture pure power.
Yu Chengyou ‘s images have drawn upon the natural surroundings of the northern provinces of china, from wild life to human life , places that through the simplicity of his style, seem tranquility and uncluttered, quite a contrast to the metropolises’ of China. Solace from the maddening crowd and industrialisation of China. His work promises something better for us, a world to strive for. These are prints of vision and style, with analytical precision and imagination, that is unique to Yu Chengyou.
Merlyn Chesterman grew up in Hong Kong, returning to England to study painting at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, and later, woodblock printmaking at West Dean College, where she now teaches on the Short Course Programme.She is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.
Merlyn is based in Hartland, North Devon,where she has a studio and runs courses. Her work is semi-abstract and is usually based on places that have a particular beauty.
“I am currently exploring linocuts and, in particular, reduction linocuts. I use rainbow rolls, stencils and sometimes caustic soda to enrich areas of the prints and enhance texture. At present, my artwork demonstrates my fascination with quirky, unreconstructed and unusual architectural constructions and buildings, especially any containing lettering.
Local landscapes and, occasionally, pieces from my collection of vintage items are also important to me, and I find my drawings of these frequently crop up in my artwork. Another interest is in prehistoric monuments and structures.
I base my work on my own photographs or paintings and sketches, whenever possible.”
Trained as a potter, I took a sideways step into publishing and television before returning to art full time via book illustration and I have illustrated over twenty books with publishers including Walker Books, Frances Lincoln, Transworld and OUP.
My work is in galleries around the UK and I exhibit regularly at the Affordable Art Fair- London, Oxford Artweeks, Brighton Art Fair. I am a member of the Association of Illustrators and make my prints at Oxford Printmakers and Inkspot Press Brighton.
I work with lino cuts, woodcuts and collagraph, printing in black and white and introduce colour into my work in several ways, using metal leaf, hand colouring with water colour or by the application of fine coloured tissue, a technique known as chine colle, and I often print on coloured paper.
My inspiration comes from many sources, folk tales, ethnic art and an appreciation of the natural world combined with a love of pattern.
Henrietta Studied a Fine Art Degree at the School of Art Wolverhampton Polytechnic where she specialized in Sculpture and Print. She was taught by the artist Anish Kapoor, and by the sculptor Nicola Hicks, both of whom had a significant impact on her as an art student.
Henrietta has over the years won many prestigious awards for her innovative works and clever use of line and colour, the former gaining her the ‘George Pickard’ award from the Leicester Society of Artists, and in the same year the ‘Printmakers Printmaker’ award from Printfest in Ulverston Cumbria.
I studied Fine Art and Dance at the University of Brighton before completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Dance at the Laban Centre in London.
After graduating I taught choreography and contemporary dance to a wide range of courses at venues across West London, during this time I always kept up printmaking studying at Putney School of Art under Richard Michelle, Birgit’s Skold’s lead printmaker.
I have been working as an artist printmaker for many years; making prints mainly at Morley College, London and Ochre Print Studio, Guildford. I am currently Relief and Events Director at Ochre Print Studios specialising in the relief techniques of printmaking and organising exhibitions and artist talks.
Hannah graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2012 with a BA in illustration. She now lives in North London and creates limited edition linocuts from her small home studio. Inspired by the monochrome, graphic prints of both Edward Bawden and Hugo Guinness, Hannah’s linocuts are simple expressions of everyday life developed from sparse observational drawings done on trips to the coast.
Much of the subject matter for her work derives from an enjoyment of rural landscapes, a love of nature and an interest in characterful objects or home interiors which tell a story about their owner.
Working as a printmaker since the 1980’s Diana has experimented with all forms of printmaking but now concentrates on collagraphs and linocuts. Inspiration comes from locations as diverse as the arid landscapes of Morocco and Spain to the South Downs and English formal gardens.
Recent work has derived from sketches of the rolling hills of Sussex and Dorset, translated into stylised collagraph prints with a strong element of pattern and design. She is currently working on a series of monoprints inspired by the process of seed dispersal.
Diana has exhibited widely including The RA Summer Exhibition, The National Theatre, The Oxo Tower Gallery and the Affordable Art Fair.
She is a member of The Greenwich Printmakers and Southbank Printmakers co-operatives.
Kerry enjoys the process of celebrating form through printmaking; building up a body of bright and bold work using reduction linocut and screen printing. Losing herself in the intensity and precision of the linocut process and the recognition that the piece is not finished until she cuts that final line. Screen-printing offers a livelier, painterly feel and the methodical layering of colour and tone is immensely enjoyable. Inspiration comes from the many cacti and plants she shares her home and studio with, fascinated by the shapes and contours of leaves, and the joy of discovering new patterns within the vibrant green foliage.
“I am fascinated by fragments and draw my inspiration from my collection of antique textiles. I present my ideas predominantly in book format, as I feel that the book allow the viewer direct contact with myself and the fragments. The pages are created from Collagraphic prints on a variety of papers.
With my background as a textile artist, and being a largely self-taught print maker, the integration of stitch techniques and processes into my printmaking practice is a natural progression. I feel that it is the combination of these skills which give my work its particular characteristics.”
Janet Dickson is a printmaker drawn to seed heads, shaped trees, colour, form and pattern found within the garden and landscape. Multi-layered linocuts, lithographs and monotypes, feature details from some of the artist’s favourite garden spaces. Janet’s background in graphic design is clearly apparent in her linocuts and lithographs, in the tradition of English designer/printmakers, in contrast to her more painterly monotypes.
Susan’s work celebrates the mountain environment and our human need to connect with wilderness.
Her distinctive monoprints and etchings reflect the strong affinity she feels with the remote and wild places that she visits regularly and makes work in. Her evocative images transport you to a mountain world of ephemeral, changing qualities - of snow, ice, mists, high peaks and far horizons.
“Out there, often in hard to reach, difficult places, the connection is both physical and spiritual and is what gives my work its strong sense of place.”
Susan’s studio is in Northumberland. She makes her prints at Northern Print, Newcastle.
Cathy Duncan has taken up linocut printmaking in the last three years. She loves the expressiveness of the medium and the process of producing a finished print. She previously painted from her quick observational sketches, with particular focus on musicians, performers and movement. Her first linocuts were a development of these ideas. Her current work is a series of linocuts inspired by trees in the landscape. Having trained as a Landscape architect, she has always been interested in the aesthetic, practical and ecological role of trees in the environment.
Cathy Duncan lives in Northumberland and has a studio at The Hearth, Horsley.
Born in Cumbria I went on to qualify as a teacher having studied Fine Art at Durham. I enjoyed teaching art and Printmaking for a number of years. After living in various parts of the UK and also abroad, in 2011 we returned to live in the Northern Lakes.
I am now able to concentrate on producing my own work. I am a Printmaker and my specialism is Lino Printing. I now exhibit and sell my work in several galleries throughout the UK. I have my own Albion Printing Press which I use to produce my work.
Screen prints focusing on photographic representation, symbolism and metaphors. The innovative juxtaposition of elements often result in a surreal or humorous image. Producing commercial illustrations for a wide range of clients from weekly editorials to large and prestigious ad campaigns. In addition to commissions, original screen prints are exhibited in local Galleries along with a range of hand printed greeting cards, soft furnishings, t-shirts and tote bags. Art has been a big part of my life and education, right through to graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University, in Graphic Arts and Design with a First Class Honours. Now located in the Lake District.
My artistic practise is centered in both exploration of process and thematic exploration of the concepts of memory and relocation or translocation. My work is narrative in nature, with the inclusion of text as an element that is tended as a departure point for the viewer. I am interested in taking the viewer on a journey, with the intention of self discovery through
the process of making connection through visual and written elements.
My exploration of process has been centred in the incorporation of fibre into printmaking practise. This exploration began in 1999 with the “Emblematura Prints” that I created for the traveling exhibition Fine Art and Haute Couture: Marriage of Power and Control.
Richard grew up within a stones throw of Hadrian's Wall and Lanercost Priory and these two ancient monuments instilled in him a passion for the past. He also developed a love of the countryside around him and in particular for the trees that are so much a part of the north Cumbrian landscape.
Richard trained as an Art Historian at Manchester University and now lives by Morecambe Bay but works amongst the Lake District fells.
Richard's work is inspired by the printmakers of the early twentieth century, including Ralph Middleton Todd, Claire Leighton and Charles Tunnicliffe and he is still fascinated by Cumbrian landscape.
“Being in a garden surrounded by plants nearly as tall as me is my earliest recollection and awareness of my place in the natural world. In making prints I look to recapture that original fresh vision.
I work out of doors as much as possible, drawing most days and I print on a Hughes and Kimber Star Press where I live on Dartmoor, exploring different techniques, inks and papers. Since studying Rembrandt’s etchings at University I have been fascinated by intaglio printmaking and through practice, I find that the mysteries of this alchemic medium gradually reveal themselves.”
Lucy is based in the Peak District. Her work can be seen in local galleries and she exhibits at shows across the country. Lucy studied Graphic Design and Illustration and then pursued a career as a puppet animator, animating for the award winning company Cosgrove Hall Films, Manchester.
During this time she discovered her passion for printmaking. She uses various print techniques; etching gives her images a depth of texture, while her screen printed images provide graphic quality. Her work conveys the love she has for all living creatures, capturing the unique personalities and humour she sees in them.
“I have worked professionally as a printmaker for over twenty years creating etchings and aquatints, which reflect my architectural training and my interest in the inner city and familiar parts of countryside. I started with an evening class which I left after completing all possible levels. At that point I set up a studio in my house.
My prints are preoccupied with repetitive pattern, they are small narratives in which different elements meet and interact. I am attracted to the unusual in the midst of the everyday. I hope to avoid sentimentality but to focus on the quirky and irregular.” .
Ruth Green is a screenprinter based in Birmingham. Her brightly coloured compositions are inspired by mid-century design, and by the animals and plants of the British countryside.
High quality paper is used to make prints in small, collectable editions. Each one is hand signed, and numbered.
Ruth's work has been published as a range of greetings cards by Cardmix. The prints have appeared in 'Elle Decoration' and the design book,' Print and Pattern 2'. In 2011, Tate Publishing produced Ruth's first book for children, 'Noisy Neighbours'. She is currently working on her second book, 'Stanley's Plan' with Tate, due for release in 2015.