Wednesday, 2 September 2009

My first print collection


This year I’ve been participating in the Artists Access to Art Colleges Scheme 2008. I’ve been working in the printmaking department at Wolverhampton University, trying to develop my etching skills. On Friday the 4th until the 14th I’ll be exhibiting my first collection of prints alongside the other artists on the Scheme at Wolverhampton as part of the University’s MA Graduation Show.

I’ve really enjoyed the experience, and have spent quite a bit of time over the summer trying to develop these prints. I moved away from the portraits in the end, to create a more diverse range of images that I actually felt worked more successfully than the portrait work . This was partly motivated by my application for funds to the Arts Council to create a limited edition book of prints based on my ‘Seek My Face’ portraits for the Sandwell Archives being rejected (oh well… only several months of endlessly refining my proposal, raising quite a lot of support in kind, and a 35 page application form later-all for just £5000!But that's the's pointless complaining). So I changed track anyway, and I’m quite pleased with the results, but feel that I have so much to learn…but that's ok and right.


The Meal




I’m exhibiting six of the seven prints above. They are all etchings and aquatints, 16 x 12cms, and priced at £150 framed if anyone is interested in purchasing one. Just get in touch through the website.
This last print above is a more experimental soft-ground etching. The soft-ground creates an etched line that is more akin to a pencil drawing. I then experimented with ‘painting’ on the aquatint tones. It was my first one, and I'd like to explore it further...

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