Celebrated printmakers Tim Southall and Jeremy James come together to showcase their colourful limited edition prints inspired by the beautiful countryside around them and the wildlife living there. Both artists capture the four seasons with such brilliance their prints almost invite you into their exciting compositions.
Natural World Print Exhibition
7th November - 19th June 2021
About our printmakers:
Tim was born in Staffordshire and grew up on the edge of the heavy inductrial heartlands of the Black Country. He studied Fine Art at Northumbria University and then printmaking at the Royal College of Art and l'ecole des beaux art, Paris. Based in London for twenty years, he taught at University level while maintaining a career as a professional artists before leaving the teaching profession and concentrating solely on making art. For the last 17 years he has been in Cadiz Province in southern Spain, where he makes most of his work.
"Living in a rural environment three miles away from the beaches of the Atlantic coast fuels the content of my work. It is in the landscape that I made drawings before going into the studio to make pieces of work which are a distillation of my ideas rather than directly representational pieces. It is through the landscape that I try to convey a sense of something universal and at the same time personal, whether it be a narrative piece or an evocation of place or a fleeting moment.
From a technical point of view I enjoy playing with composition and colour, and use traditional processes and materials at the printmaker's hand to interpret my ideas. Here I strive to look for something new and exciting in a much used medium and make works of art that are delicate and shows a lightness of touch along with an eye for detail and nuance. The outcome of these experiements is not always a success, but the journey is always worthehile and for me, the essence of what makes me continue to make art."
Jeremy's prints feature things he enjoys and has experienced. Cycling, hares, birds, birdwatching and even whisky from the Isle of Islay all feature in his prints. The making of these prints are often a way of ‘re-enjoying’ these experiences. He has found a new freedom in making these images, he can create his own worlds; "if I want a line of trees on the horizon, or a white cloudy sky, or a fox by moonlight, I can just put them in, I can move them around at will. Given the comparative technical problems this would present in a sculpture this is wonderfully liberating!"
All Jeremy's prints start with drawing, and lots of it. He draws to see & understand, to remember and lastly to design. After many hours of going backwards and hopefully forwards with various compositions, he transfers his design on to a piece of lino. This is exactly the same stuff that is used to cover kitchen floors throughout the land, a mix of ground cork and linseed oil. Using knives and gouges the design is cut into the surface of the lino. What is cut away will not print, what is left will print. Eventually, ink is rolled onto the surface of the lino, paper placed on top and the two sent through a roller press, imprinting the design on to the paper. Further pieces of lino can be cut in this way, and when rolled with different coloured inks and printed in succession onto the same piece of paper will give a multi coloured image.
"The process is both elegantly simple, but, (particularly when more than one piece of lino is involved), capable of numerous variations and possibilities. It is wonderful."