PRINTS... A brand new exhibition featuring original work by 4 Somerset printmakers: Julia Manning, Ann Fagan, Jenny Graham and Jackie Curtis
Please note NEW opening hours for 2019: Tuesday- Saturday, 10-1, 2-4
Working from her beautiful spacious studio in the Somerset village of Keinton Mandeville, Julia uses both intaglio and relief printmaking techniques to create limited editioned prints.
Julia’s Inspiration comes from drawing in the wild, sometimes directly onto plywood blocks or copper etching plates. Back in the studio the plates are cut or etched and then printed on to Somerset Printmaking Papers.
The geology of islands - the colours and essence of different places - the patterns of nests - bare winter hedges and trees - rock formations on which ravens nest - rocky outcrops over which sea birds glide... a colourful celebration of the natural world.
Julia studied fine art at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham and for over 40 years has earned her living with a paint brush. From portraits to trompe l’oeil, from murals to painted tapestries, commissions came from all over the world. Today she focuses her work as an artist-printmaker and as a member of PINE FERODA
Ann trained as a painter and after a career teaching art in London, Kenya and Sussex she moved to Somerset where she started printmaking again at the Dove Studios and at Strode College.
For the last fifteen years Ann has focused on various forms of printmaking. 'Much of my work is inspired by the Somerset landscape developed from observational drawings and my own photographs. Feelings of space and the patterns and textures made by the shapes in the land, water and sky are important elements in my work.'
Ann is a member of ARTISTS 303 and exhibits regularly in Somerset Arts Weeks.
Jenny's latest body of work takes as its inspiration the plants of the local countryside. She has used a combination of aluminium etching, photo-etching and monoprinting, often combining all three processes in one piece of work. 'Most of the prints are ‘one offs’ because I quickly become bored with editioning and enjoy trying out different colours and additions to the print and often use watercolour to tint the image. My most recent pieces explored the decorative and graphic qualities of plant roots, underground filigrees which are seldom seen. The little concertina books are made using artists proofs of my work, combined with found text and collage.'
Jenny has an MA in Multi-disciplinary Printmaking from the University of the West of England and is a member of Somerset Printmakers, Fingerprint and the RWA Artists Network.
Jackie Curtis is an artist and printmaker inspired by the natural world. Jackie can often be found walking on the Somerset Levels observing the landscape and birds, sketch book and camera in hand; looking for materials and ideas to use in her printmaking.
Jackie works from her Somerset studio using relief techniques. Her monoprints are spontaneous, lively innovative prints often created as an immediate response to recent experiences. The collagraphs, produced from a collage of materials, are rich in texture and depth of tone. Linocuts are more intricate and stylised with strong elements of pattern, whilst her woodblocks are influenced by natural grain, shape and flaws in the wood.