I've just completed a print based on our recent extraordinary trip up the coast of Norway. Called 'Squall - Norwegian Seascape', it's the first of a series I plan to do over the coming months.
I've just completed this my latest reduction lino print. They are Australian Superb Fairy Wrens. Because of the range of colours, hues and tones involved it took twenty printing stages to complete over nearly three months. The print can be found in the Garden Birds section of this site.
A second 'Not Just Hockney' Exhibition is taking place over the next two months in Centenary Square in Bradford. The theme is 'Animals, Wildlife and Nature' and images of a range of artists' work will be projected onto the big screen in the square. I'm pleased to say that three of my prints have been selected!
I completed this piece just days before Christmas. An eleven colour reduction print, it is based on the scene that confronted me near where I live on Boxing Day 2015. The river had risen four metres in just 12 hours causing significant structural damage along its length not least of which was the enormous number of mature trees that were uprooted creating a watery chaos! I've included my previous print based on the Wharfe at Addingham, just fifty metres and sixth months apart!
Ikley Arts Christmas Fair is this weekend!! (2nd & 3rd December) For the first time, this event will be in Ikley Manor House. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to pick up those rather special presents from the work of the excellent artists, designers and craftspeople who will be there.
The fair is open from 9.00am. to 5.00pm . each day
It seems too early to be really thinking about Christmas yet but I've just taken some of my prints to Skipton Town Hall's gallery in preparation for Craven Arts Christmas exhibition. Opening on the 11th November and running until the 23rd December, it's going to be a super exhibition, reflecting the enormous breadth, depth and quality of creative endeavour in the area. It will be well worth a visit!
I got my display up this morning at my venue for the Art Trail - Ilkley Manor House. Rather less space that I was expecting but I'm sharing the venue with five other excellent artist/designers, including a renowned'spurtle' maker! The Trail is open from the 5th to 8th October so do come and say hello if you can!
Had another reduction lino printing workshop this morning in my small studio. Super people, lovely work, the session went by in a flash!
A date for your diaries - 5th - 8th October 2017, the Ilkley Art Trail will be taking place! Over 60 artist/designers in over 30 locations, it will be bigger and better than ever before with all sorts of extra events and exhibitions! I will be based at the Manor House. In use as an Art Trail venue for the first time, this beautiful Elizabethan house is well worth a visit in its own right. Along with other new work will be this my latest piece, 'Wild Flower Meadow - Upper Wharfedale', a 16 colour/hue, 40 x 30cm. reduction linoprint.
The recent Ilkley Art Show was a great success with hundreds and hundreds of visitors enjoying the two day event. Accompanying the trade stands, demonstrations and workshops the show also hosted a large exhibition of a wide variety of artwork. I was fortunate enough to win the 'Best Picture in Show' prize for my reduction lino print, 'Gannets - from Bempton Cliffs'!
I was awarded my prize by Tim Tennant, the organiser of the show and owner of Ilkley's brilliant art shop!
I've started to run a monthly workshop at home for a few friends who are rapidly developing their linoprinting skills -and learning to avoid putting inky rollers down wherever they like , frequently on top of their own prints!
Holmfith Artweek 2017 is on from the 2nd to 8th July. If you've never been it's well worth a visit. The main venue is the Drill Hall but a massive range of artwork is also on show in temporary venues across the town centre. I've entered these two prints. Wish me luck!Read More
It's taken a little fiddling around and experimentation to get the pressure right - experimenting with paper types and using Ternes Burton registration clips for the first time but I think I've got it sorted! This is my first serious effort with the press, it's a four colour reduction print of a Gyr.Read More
The West Yorkshire Print Workshop is mounting a members' exhibition in the WYPW gallery in Mirfield. The exhibition theme is 'Earth, Water, Air' and it runs from 25th April to the 20th May. I'm entering two prints, 'Wagtails at Linton Falls' and 'Cwm Idwal'.Read More
Three of my linoprints have been selected to be part of the Not Just Hockney' exhibition being displayed on the big screen in Centenary Square in Bradford throughout April!Read More
I took four prints up to the Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle today for inclusion in their exhibition 'A Dream of the Sea'.
The exhibition runs from the 2nd to the 25th of March, 2017.Read More
I've just completed my latest lino print. It's of Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia. It's the result of a 'nostalgia' trip in the autumn to where I used to climb, many years ago, with my brother on Idwal Slabs. The path beneath the Slabs goes on up to the Devil's Kitchen. It's a 40cm x 30cms 10 colour reduction print and can be found on the 'Miscellaneous' page of my web site.Read More