Stop and take a breath. Solace is a print exhibition which encourages you to take a mindful moment. Many of us have felt an affinity with nature over the course of the last year, this show is a celebration of that connection. Solace brings together work from 5 prominent UK based printmakers, each using a print in a different way to encapsulate the great outdoors.
'Solace' Print Exhibition
26th June - 30th October 2021
Alice is an illustrator based in East London. She regularly explores British traditions, folklore and superstitions, producing limited edition screen prints. Alice also works on a number of commissioned illustrations for clients such as Bon Appetite, Country Living, Crabtree and Evelyn, Designs for Today, and Faber to name just a few.
Phil Greenwood was born in Wales but is now based in Kent. Educated at Harrow and Hornsey colleges of Art he has been a professional printmaker since 1971 and has exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad. He is a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and Bankside Gallery. His work has also been widely published.
A landscape artist, he works mainly on copper plates. His work is extremely economical in that he uses only two plates and two or three colours to achieve a great range of tone and colour by the depth of the etch and by over printing, fusing one colour with another. His images do not always relate to a specific place – he develops and works from an amalgamation of ideas recalled. The atmosphere exemplified by a landscape is the important factor.
Once upon a time Julia fell in love with making pictures. Drawing occupied all of her hours. She then fell in love with stories. Breathing a sigh of relief she made plans to become an illustrator, safe in the idea that all pictures are about one story or another.
Julia studied illustration both at Edinburgh College of Art and Brighton University. She revelled in learning to screen print, make books and finding her own voice.
Julias new favourite thing is using pencil and acrylic paint on watercolour paper, she always enjoys using acrylic paint on canvas and has never kept away from screen-printing for long. She is usually telling stories of love, support and friendship in her art. Julia likes to paint, birds, people, actually anything.
Tim is a painter and printmaker, working in both Spain and England. He studied Fine Art at Northumbria University and a Masters Degree in printmaking at the Royal College of Art and also studied stone lithography at the École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Using metaphysics: existence, objects and their properties, space and time, cause and effect, and possibility as guides, he expresses how he sees and experiences the world. This he does mostly through the landscape or the figure in the landscape. His work is delicate and shows a lightness of touch along with an eye for detail and nuance. Using the language of drawing and mark-making he attempts to describe emotional depth and atmosphere and delights in using visual devices to convey some of the great classical themes and hopefully create something new with a modern voice. The works are distillations of various places and experiences rather than direct representations.
Ashley Hutchinson is the designer and printmaker behind Ash Leaf Printmaking Studio. He produces limited edition lino and wood cut prints with a twist. Incorporating embossing into all of his designs, he gives them a unique look and feel. All of the prints are embossed by hand using his three etching presses including his 1920s proofing press 'GEM'. As a designer, he is inspired by nature and the patterns within it, combining this with his bold, graphic designs.
For the last ten years Ashley has also used these designs as inspiration for different ranges of greetings cards under the company name Linoking Cards. These bright, contemporary designs are individually hand embossed and printed on recycled paper and papers from sustainable sources. He has supplied the likes of RHS, Eden Project, National Trust and V&A.
Please note - the images featured below are just representations of the styles of work that we will be displaying - not necessarily the exact pieces.