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
Illustrator Alice showcases her beautiful Garden Series of screenprints for this exhibition; a charming collection of works capturing the seasons perfectly. Prints include images of the joys of gathering flowers in the Spring, shelling peas in the Summer, raking up Autumn Leaves and enjoying a warm drink in the allotment in the Winter. Alice’s intriguing prints are informed by a fascination with superstitions and folklore allowing the viewer escapism into forgotten eras. She graduated in 2010 with a First Class Honours in Illustration from Brighton University and now creates limited edition screen prints from her East London studio. The Craft Centre and Design Gallery are thrilled to be showcasing Alice’s prints in her first print exhibition here but it’s not the first time this talented artist has been celebrated in Yorkshire. In 2017 The Yorkshire Sculpture Park hosted Alice’s most ambitious project to date in an exhibition called Of House and Home. 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 and 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. Phil had his first fantastic solo print exhibition with the gallery back in 2019 which you can explore more of here.
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. Julia's 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 screenprinting for long. She is usually telling stories of love, support and friendship in her art and likes to paint, birds and people; actually anything. This is the second print exhibition The Craft Centre has had the pleasure of involving Julia in with the first one being back in 2016 alongside celebrated printmaker Jane Ormes. Julia inspired visitors with a Meet the Maker event in the gallery too, which you can look back on here.
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. He 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. The Craft Centre was delighted to feature Tim's screenprints in a print exhibition marking the gallery's 35th anniversary back in 2017, titled Master Printmakers. Discover more about the show here.
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 Lino King 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. This is the first print exhibition Ashely has showcased his beautiful prints in, having displayed his collection in our print browsers for several years now.