PrintsDan Baldwin Kate Bentley Peter Blake Piers Browne Henrietta Corbett Fred Cuming Anthony Frost Ruth Green Angela Harding Albert Irvin Anita Klein Kevin Maddison Ian McCulloch Jane Ormes Rebecca Payn Anja Percival Susie Perring Barbara Rae RA Ray Richardson Sonia Rollo Robert Ryan Natalie Shaw Alan Stones Catherine Sutcliffe-Fuller Storm Thorgerson Joe Webb
Dan Baldwin creates a unique and immediately recognisable vision in his silkscreen prints. His work is at once both abstract and figurative, with subject matter ranging from ruminations on love, memory or philosophical issues to opinions on politics and current affairs. The work is multi-layered, both in its interpretation and physically, using glazes, diamond dust, collage and 3D media on top of his silkscreen surface.
Kate is an award-winning professional painter and printmaker based in the English Lake District in the Lyth valley.
She is an elected member of the Society of Women Artists and The Lakes Artists Society, with work held in both private and public collections throughout the UK and internationally.
Often described as the Godfather of British Pop Art, Peter Blake crosses all generational divides, and inspires great respect from younger artists such as Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk, Pure Evil and Tracey Emin, while also producing iconic album covers for the Beatles, Paul Weller, The Who, and Oasis. Knighted in 2002, an honorary doctor of the Royal College of Art, and with his work represented in major collections throughout the world, he is truly a grandee of British Art.
Peter's work reflects his fascination with all streams of popular culture, and the beauty to be found in everyday objects and surroundings. Many of his works feature found printed materials such as photographs, comic strips or advertising texts, combined with bold geometric patterns and the use of primary colours. The works perfectly capture the effervescent and optimistic ethos of the sixties, but are also strikingly fresh and contemporary. There is also a strain of sentimentality and nostalgia running throughout his work, with particular focus towards childhood innocence and reminiscence.
Piers followed a classical path through the Byam Shaw then Royal Academy Schools, traveled widely in Europe, Africa, Iceland, Poland, Java, often on foot. He finds abiding inspiration simply in all natural beauty seen in vibrating light. Settling in Wensleydale after art school in 1975 encourages this.
Exhibiting regularly at the R.A. Summer show, he paints very large oils and draws, but in small coloured etchings or black and white drypoints the intensity of his vision is often best expressed. Such prints have been reproduced in his five books: A Shropshire lad; An Elegy in Arcady; William Wordsworth: A Lakeland anthology; Wensleydale; The Glorious trees of Great Britain.
Printmaker and Painter Henrietta Corbett Henrietta studied Fine Art at the School of Art, Wolverhapmton Polytechnic, specialising in Sculpture and Print. She was lucky enough to be taught by the artist Anish Kapoor and sculptor Nicola Hicks, both of whom had an enormous impact on her as a young art student.
"The rural landscapes of Leicestershire and South West Ireland are the inspiration for my imagery. The land markings and peat fields found in in south west Kerry have influenced my work, not only visualy but creatively. Using ash to paint with has forced me to use a limited pallet, something that I am learning to enjoy. Animal tracks, black peat fields and the errosion of weather beaten land, all have a certain curiosity and easily lend their patterns to abstract interpretation of landscape shapes."
Fred Cuming has been displaying work in group and solo exhibitions since 1953, and in 2001 was given the honour of being the featured artist in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, with an entire gallery within dedicated to his work.
"I am not interested in pure representation, my work is about responses to the moods and atmospheres generated by landscape, still life or interior. I am interested in the developments of 20th century painting in abstraction, that has always been present, and in new ideas and art forms. My philosophy is that the more I work the more I discover. Drawing is essential as a tool of discovery; skill and mastery of technique are also essential, but only as a vocabulary and a means towards an idea. I struggle to keep an open mind."
Anthony Frost was born in 1951 in Cornwall and studied at the Cardiff College of Art (1970-73). From 1975 to date he has exhibited widely throughout the UK, with regular shows in St Ives and London.
His work is in a number of corporate, public and private collections including Bank of America, Lloyds TSB, The Nuffield Trust, John Moores, Contemporary Art Society, Whitworth Gallery (Manchester) and Standard Life. In April 2009, Chichester University purchased "Ricochet Man" for the Bishop Otter Collection.
"I'm a printmaker based in Kings Heath, Birmingham. I make screen prints, etchings and lino cuts, inspired by the British countryside and its wildlife. I've produced design for Ikea, The Artgroup, Woodmansterne, Tate Publishing and Art Print Japan, and I regularly exhibit my work at galleries and art events throughout the U.K. I like vintage furniture, books and ceramics. And I love gardening and my allotment."
"I studied Fine Art at Leicester 1979 – 1982 and later obtained an MA in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University. After leaving college I continued to develop my personal work as well as working in the arts. I was the Director of the regional printmaking centre, Leicester Print Workshop and previous to this worked for Elstone Hayes Associates, an art consultancy working in the cruise industry. I have also taught to degree level at a number of Higher Education Colleges. I now work as a professional artist solely at my art practice.
The main theme of my work is British birds combined with the British countryside. I have always loved birds; even at primary school I carried round a small orange suitcase that contained my feather collection. This love and fascination with birds has stayed with me, I do not consider my self a twitcher, the interest I have is in their form and the environments they inhabit. My paintings and prints capture a glimpse of the atmosphere they evoke."
A significant British artist, with a long and influential career as painter, printmaker, tutor and inspiration to his many admirers, Bert Irvin was best known for his exuberant paintings and screenprints. Born in London in 1922 his work only gained a wider audience in his 60s, when he joked that he was "the oldest up and coming young artist in Britain". He became a member of the Royal Academy in 1998, and was awarded an OBE in 2013.
Anita Klein was born in Sydney, Australia in 1960 and studied at both Chelsea School of Art and Slade School of Art. In 1985 she was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and was later elected their President in 2002. Public collectors of her work include the Arts Council of Great Britain, The British Museum and London University, and she has exhibited across Britain, Europe, America, India and Australia, including at the ICA and the Royal Academy in London.
"I originally trained as a typographically based Graphic Designer at the London College of Printing but have spent most of my working life as an Illustrator, having developed my illustration ability whilst working for the then influential publisher Mitchell Beazley.
I have illustrated several childrens’ books. Notable amongst these are three Edward Lear poems published as three separate books, initially launched by the publisher Ash & Grant at the Fine Art Society gallery. Several of the watercolours were subsequently exhibited at Nash House. The first of the series, ‘The Pobble who has no Toes’, was included in the annual Fifty Best Books awards organised by the National Book League. This subsequently formed part of a touring exhibition of British Illustration.
I am currently producing Etchings which have a considerable Illustrative bias. I was initially drawn to Drypoint and then to Etching. I had contact with Intaglio printing several years ago and always had a desire to get involved with this medium. I find it absolutely fascinating and absorbing. It is just great to watch the image developing and changing sometimes boldly, sometimes subtly, almost like chemical Photography. I see it as an extension of the drawing process giving me another means of conveying humour and narrative, the prints becoming pictures without books."
Since studying at Northampton School of Art, Ian McCulloch has worked as a teacher, freelance designer, finished artist/illustrator and computer printmaker. In recent years etching has come to be Ian's primary vehicle of expression. Many of his etching utilise traditional techniques and processes, but a large part of his work remains experimental. The computer has stimulated explosive experimentation in printmaking and the visual arts generally. Much of Ian's work involves the manipulation of the digital image, and for Ian personally modern technology sits well with the traditions of the art form and serves to enhance the mystique and beauty of the subject.
Jane Ormes was born in Bromley in 1964. She graduated with a degree in Surface Pattern Design but now concentrates on producing whimsical and decorative limited edition prints which are available from selected galleries throughout the country.
She spends any spare time daydreaming about Daniel Craig and ginger flapjacks.
Rebecca's work is made mostly in response to the landscape and to plants within the landscape. Her printmaking is mostly stone and plate lithography, carborundum etching and monotypes. Ideas cross from one way of working to another. The randomness of a monotype may result in an image which couldn't have been envisaged at the outset, or arrived at by other means.
Rebecca lives and works in Blencarn, in the Eden Valley.
"I am a printmaker, and the majority of my work combines collagraph and etching techniques to build up multilayered imagery with rich, textural surfaces. My prints utilise both representational and abstract elements, to produce images that portray my experience of the landscape. I am fascinated by the different atmospheres that light creates in both our rural and urban environments.
During my recent stay in Denmark, I was hugely inspired by the new foreign surroundings. My work progressed away from using the natural landscapes of the Cornish coastline, to be instead influenced by the more ‘urban’ scenery within which I lived. After a relocation back to Durham at the end of 2009, I’m still very interested in depicting urban spaces that are infiltrated by different qualities of light. I’m now incorporating locations closer to home, and my most recent work draws on impressions from Durham Cathedral. My compositions aim to combine different moods of light, with contrasting space and surface qualities. I enjoy working with a variety of etching techniques, including aquatint, ‘soft’ ground, ‘white’ ground and burnishing, which result in subtle tonal differences within my imagery. I rarely start with line, but instead focus on the highlights within an image, and thus create the composition by blocking out the areas which will remain light, instead of building up the image with dark line and shading.
My work is a personal portrait of our landscape; it is influenced by how I see the world around me, drawing upon my favourite elements from our rich visual existence."
"Nowadays I work almost entirely in aquatint (images made up entirely of tones, with no drawn lines) or make monoprints painted directly on the printing plate.
I love aquatints for the range of contrast possible, and for the velvety effect it gives, especially with darker colours. Much of the work is made using multiple plates, which are laborious to create, but give wonderful luminous colours in the prints. Almost all of the prints on show are aquatints.
I went to the London College of Printing in 1963-1967, and then worked as a graphic designer in the 60s and 70s. In 1984, I started full time as an artist, specialising as a printmaker in etchings, line and aquatint. I also taught print at the LCP and for the Outreach programme of Dulwich Picture Gallery's Education Department.
I have also been commissioned for complete editions destined for P&O liners: Oriana, The Pride of Rotterdam, The Pride of Hull and Queen Mary 2."
Barbara Rae CBE RA has taken inspiration from the vivid sun-drenched colours of Spain in her latest silkscreen prints. Rae's paintings combine the influence of landscape and travel with painterly abstraction. When Rae was awarded a travel scholarship in 1966, it unleashed a love of travel that remains with her. Although she does not like the term landscape painter, the importance of place is very apparent in her works; in particular the human traces and patterns of history that are left on a landscape. Spain is Rae's favourite destination, providing her with endless inspiration as we can see in her latest work. Rae's printmaking has been integral to her artistic activity since her student days. The way she conceives and works on her monoprints, screenprints and etchings complements and informs her approach to painting. The discipline imposed by these media and the unique opportunities offered by them create a set of possibilities, which stimulate her vision of the world, whether she is drawing, painting, making prints, or simply observing.
Among many high honours and awards, Barbara Rae is a Royal Academician, a Royal Etcher and Printmaker, and was awarded a CBE for her contribution to art and architecture.
Born in 1964 in Woolwich, Ray Richardson graduated from Goldsmiths in 1987 and is still based in London. He since constantly exhibited his work across the UK and internationally, with two British Council Awards, a BP Portrait Award and work in collections around the world including the De Beers Diamond Trading Company, London; The National Portrait Gallery, London; Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford; Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Sonia was educated at Glasgow University, graduating with a B.Sc. in agricultural botany. She worked in scientific publishing as editor of Chemoreception Abstracts.
In 1988 she started studying printmaking at Morley College. She is a founder member of Half Moon Printmakers, a member of the cooperative Southbank Printmakers and a past vice-chair of the Printmakers' Council.
Her interest in animals started in childhood with a pig called Hilary, geese called Charlie and Cassandra, and a mongrel, Pearl.
Training as a biologist meant, observing plants and animals, drawing them to aid understanding. But now she can have fun with her drawings and making them into etchings.
These intricate images have caught the attention of customers following commissions from Paul Smith, Lulu Guiness, Vogue, John Lewis and Liberty of London amongst others, and the artist's work is becoming much sought after.
We're delighted to have a selection of his painstaking papercut work and screenprints in the gallery.
Natalie is a Lancaster artist, currently teaching printmaking at St Martin's College. She creates striking, vibrant and contemporary images, combining brushwork and etching so that each is a unique work of art.
Born in Manchester 19471967-71 studied Fine Art at St Martin's School of Art, London
Alan's work has been exhibited widely and is included in many public and private collections throughout Britain and abroad. Commissions include: The National Science Museum; Portsmouth Central Library; IBM UK Ltd; Viscount Devonport; Copeland Borough Council; Count Fritz Von der Schulenburg; Penrith library; Lord & Lady Inglewood and The Falkland Islands Government.
"I was born in York in 1970.
Recieved a BTEC National Diploma, Merit at York College of Art and Design and completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree at The University of Brighton in 1994.
As a full-time professional Fine Artist Printmaker, I draw inspiration from my rural environment, outside the city of York.
My practice is very much focused on the relationship between nature and man. I portray the working landscape as a real place with beauty and change.
My landscapes are concerned with issues such as documenting the changing seasons, and the sustainability and good husbandry of the environment.
Themes such as farming, consumerism and nature’s role all have great significance in my work and these issues are obviously both local and global in scale.
Working in the open air sketching directly onto zinc or lino plates I am constantly pushing and exploring the possibilities of drawing and printmaking; seeking new direction and inspiration through my art."
The late Storm Thorgerson designed album cover art for over 35 years, including many of the most famous album covers in history such as Pink Floyd's instantly recognisable Dark Side of the Moon. Many of Thorgerson's classic album covers have become masterpieces in their own right. Thorgerson's designs are noticeable for their surreal elements. He often places objects out of their traditional context, setting them in vast spaces that give them an awkward appearance whilst highlighting their beauty.
Born in Dartford, Kent in 1944, Thorgerson went to school with Roger Waters and Syd Barrett. He studied English and Philosophy at university before going on to complete an MA in Film and Television at the Royal College of Art. His career as an artist began accidentally; around the time of his graduation from the Royal College Pink Floyd were completing their second album A Saucerful of Secrets, when a friend turned down the job of creating its sleeve. With no background in art or graphic design Thorgerson volunteered to step into the fold.
Thorgerson died this year, aged 69.
Joe Webb uses vintage magazines and printed ephemera that he has collected to create hand-made low-fi collages. He repurposes the imagery harvested from his collections to create simple, elegant and surreal pieces that explore love and longing. His work is inspired by the collage work of Peter Blake amongst others.