Because we're already thinking hopefully of spring, we're featuring a number of printmakers known for their interest in nature. This is a show to get us to start thinking about blowing away those winter cobwebs!
Carry Akroyd lives on the edge of the Fens and her work is dominated by its unique landscape and features. Her printed works are created using screen print, lino cut and wood engravings, and she had not experimented in lithography until she worked with Curwen Studios in 2008. Her natural ability to pick up the process and create marks using the lithographic medium were evident from her very first piece.
Mark Hearld - A fascination with animals and plants found its way into his work at college. Hen runs and pigeon lofts – appear often in his images – as in his first Curwen Studios lithograph – inspired in part by Picasso's pigeons drawn in the South of France and the Eric Ravilious watercolour 'Corporal Stediford's Mobile Pigeon Loft'."
I admire Picasso's drawings over anyone but feel drawn to the work of Bawden, Ravilious and Piper from the 1930's – and the Neo-Romantic artist/illustrators of the 40's and 50's, Keith Vaughan and Craxton – something to do with their English particularity of vision".
Clare Curtis is a Suffolk based illustrator/printmaker. She recalls ‘My earliest memories are of Thaxted in Essex where I spent my first few years; but it was in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where I grew up. I left in 1988 to study Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and I graduated in 1991. From Scotland I moved to London establishing myself as a freelance Illustrator whilst working as an evening class teacher. During this period I worked mainly in cut paper collage and applied my illustration work in many diverse areas within the publishing and design industries".