Well, I must admit. it hasn't been the most dynamic start to 2018 for me. I caught the flu lurgy that seems to have ensnared most people I know for a good two/three weeks (saved from going a bit crazy by the brilliant Winter Olympics), and that illness seemed to zap my creative impulses for a further while too. And then the snow came (I think I'll stop there).
HOWEVER, I feel that I'm back and almost up to full speed again. I've a new print, a couple of commissions to show you, and some great events coming up, as well as a new workshop date.
'Llandudno' is my new landscape print. It is a two-colour A3 size linocut/screen-print. I created the image initially as a linocut, the printed the edition (of 60) manually as a screen-print at Sheffield Print Club.
The view is from the seafront at Llandudno looking towards the Great Orme. In the foreground is a little of the Irish Sea, the beach, the seafront with its many hotels, and behind it the mighty headland of the Orme, with its winding roads and houses scattered around. Being part-Welsh, I am very fond of this place and visit as often as I can!
Here is the finished print, and some pictures from the process of making it. I think it was probably the most complex landscape I've ever attempted! It is now for sale in my Folksy shop:
Here are a couple of recent commission I have completed:
The Transports - album/CD cover and inner artwork for Hudson Records.
The Transports is a folk ballad opera, based on the lives of two people sent to Australia as convicts in 1787. The record label asked me to come up with some artwork for a new version of it that summed up the themes within, and also how it relates to human migration in modern times. I found this a fascinating project, and settled on three simple ideas; the relentless sea, a swimming migrant and the vessel that took the first convicts to Australia (HMS Success).
Ecclesall CE Junior School
I was asked to create this linocut as the school is closing soon, and they wanted something to remember it by. They will be selling prints of it, and other items to raise money for facilities at the new location in Sheffield.
My next available linocut workshop is as follows:
'Introduction to Linocut' workshop
Saturday 16th June 2018
10am-4pm, The Art House, 8 Backfields, Sheffield, S1 4HJ
(Eight places available)
£40 per place
This workshop is an introduction to linocut printing. There are eight places, and during the day you'll learn how to create a one-colour linocut print (size 10.5x15cm). You'll learn how to compose your image, cut the lino and then print.
All materials are included, and no experience is necessary. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also included. There are eight places in total on this workshop, and all participants must be over 16.
To book, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the events I have coming up in the next couple of months:
The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair 2018
Friday 23rd March to Sunday 25th March 2018 (preview evening on Thursday 22nd March), The Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW
I'm very happy indeed to have been selected again for this fantastic event! It is definitely one of my favourites. This year there will be over 50 printmakers and galleries, and if anything like last year I will be doing a fair bit of shopping myself!
(**Date rescheduled from 2nd-5th March due to the recent snow in the UK)
Print Stuff Saturday 28th April 2018, The De Grey Rooms, St Leonards Place, York YO1 7HD
I took part in this event last year, and was mightily impressed! A great selection of contemporary print and publishing in a really beautiful location.
25th October 2017 until April 2018, The Long Gallery, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TH
I'm very proud to announce that I have been asked to curate a new exhibition at the SCH! It features 18 artist/printmakers, all who have had a big impression on me, in one way or another. All of the work is for sale, and there will be a limited edition of each print available (also to buy online). Some of the featured artists include Marko, Peter Knight, Helen Peyton, Neil Woodall and Sarah Du Feu.