Friday, June 24, 2016

Creating dense blacks with a new approach.







Here are some images of a small set of prints I have made using a refinement of a traditional etching process. One technique I use a lot to make plates to print images from is something called 'hardground'. Maybe 70% of the work on this blog is made using solely this etching process. Simply put the process involves covering a copper or zinc plate with a thin waxy substance that is impermeable to acid. I draw through the waxy 'ground' and then cover the whole thing with acid (or a similarly agressive liquid called ferric chloride). The acid eats away into the plate and when done, the ground is removed. The little grooves hold ink and that is how one prints. In etching, deep black tones are often made using a process called aquatint but I wanted to make images with similarly rich tones without using this technique. I made these dark and looming figures by repeatedly added hardgrounds, drawing and etching then doing more, many times over to gradually build up a complex network of tiny etched lines. Eventually the network is so entwined and full that it will print a beautiful dense black. One thing that I really enjoy with this practice is that as the multiple layers are added, certain elements of the drawing take on a life of their own and unplanned things appear and evolve.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Visit to see my work

This coming weekend of March 19th and 20th 2016 you have the chance to visit my house in South London. I am taking part in the Telegraph Hill Open Studios and just below here is a link to the Telegraph Hill Festival page relating to this. The page shows information about opening times and includes a link to a map showing not just me but where the other 40 or so artists are exhbiting around SE14 in London UK. I am numbe 33 on the map.

http://telegraphhillfestival.org.uk/open-studio-2016/

There will be a lot of work to see and if you check out the blog my house guest, Bosci, in the links bar on the side here, you'll see that he is planning to have some interesting items on show too....All are welcome.




Friday, January 08, 2016

Building snowmen

Continuing the thread that follows on further below, of past work I've made for my special Christmas card editions, here are more prints from previous years. The first is entitled 'the competition' and is a small drypoint print. Drypoint is such a super process in that it is so simple, direct and easy and in skilled hands can produce images that mimic almost any other more involved and process-heavy printmaking technique, liking etching for instance. The term drypoint refers to a print made by scratching a plate with a sharp fine tool, like a sewing needle, which is what I use. Generally I scratch into a thin transparent polycarbonate material but one can also use metals like copper, aluminium or zinc. 






The next two images here are archival digital editions.





Perhaps some of you out there have received all of my editions sent out for people who have bought work during any particular year. I'm always keen to sell work directly to you via the blog here so have a browse; use the 'older posts to explore' tab in the sidebar or at the bottom of every page to see things form the past. My e-mail address is findable in 'PROFILE' or contact me by 'leaving a comment' if you would like to pursue the purchase of some work at a very reasonable price. I have sold and sent many works worldwide and would be very happy to deal with anyone keen on my prints and 3D creations.



Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Christmas card images

My Christmas card Zombie in snow-shoes series utilizes my special home-made etching ground. In etching processes, a 'ground' is a term for anything that is applied to a metal printing plate surface that one then interacts with. The open and closed areas of the ground then allow acid to 'bite' the plate making grooves that hold ink. Usually grounds are intended to be perfectly even and strong. I wanted a ground that had different properties and that would autiomatically create extremely fine detail as in the zombies bodies. Here are two more from the series of four zombies and one test plate made when experimanting with solvents to get the correct mix. The third image is another older digital Christmas edition from 2012.











Sunday, January 03, 2016

Old Christmas cards

A follower asked to see other Christmas card editions that I have sent to buyers in the past (see post below this one for more). I've been doing this for nearly ten years now. 










Here's the full card, with close-ups above. This was a digital archival print, but more usually  the cards I make use a conventional intaglio process. Below is an early etching. This is a good example of an approach I adopt for Christmas card editions, in that, to save on time in the actual printing up stage (which is pretty time consuming) I sometimes make two almost identical plates. They can be inked and printed at the same time, halving the amount of effort in the printing up stage. Individual receivers of cards are unaware that they are getting one of two (or sometimes three or four) almost identical images. 






I always keep one copy of each years print. I this case here of the Santa with squid picture and insects, I only have one of the two versions of the image left. For those who dont know about printing  intaglio plates, like an etching or a drypoint, I'll explain that each print in an edition has to be inked, wiped and run through a large press. An edition of fifty or more is a major undertaking. Small plates are quite fiddly to print up so my trick of making a single bigger plate with two versions of the image on the same plate makes the printing easier with a doubling of actual print output. Each version of the image is numbered as a separate edition.


This year for the Christmas card edition I made a series of small etchings utilizing a specially developed home-made etching ground. There were four different 'Christmas zombie' s, each wearing snow-shoes. The bulk of the body is depicted using this etching ground and then small refinements and additions are etched on top. This print above is one of the four zombies.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas images




Here is the image I produced last year for Christmas. I try to make sure that all people who have bought some of my work get an original print Christmas card made as a special small edition by way of thanks. This small drypoint print is called 'Wild man and child on Christmas day'. Any of you who have bought work directly from me this year, 2015, will be getting this years card soon in the post.



This is the third of a recent set of images (others below) reclating to
Fukishima Daichi Nuclear plant in Japan.




Friday, December 04, 2015

Fukishima Interior



I've been working on some small etchings on copper. Here are proof printings of two in a set of three images depicting the interior of Fukishima Daichi reactors. My research on the actuality of the situation at the nuclear plant has informed these speculative drawings. The disaster continues to unfold and worsen with no simple fix in sight. I'm morbidly fascinated by the possibility that one small site could cause such catasrophic earth-wide devastation.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Washi paper exhibition

I have two works on show in an exhibiton in Japan. The Awagami Factory Washi paper mini-print exhibition is designed to expand the use and understanding of Japanese washi style papers. Washi papers are high quality handmade (usually) papers made in traditional ways using natural plant fibres as the base material. One of my works, Tengu caught in the headlights, has received an 'honourable mention'. The other is entitled, Special suit for Fukishima Daichi interior. Both are monotypes.  









I produced a large set of Fukishima suit prints from which the submitted one was chosen. If you like the look of this one then please enquire about seeing or buying another in the series. As part of my research in preparation for this show I dicovered such an amazingly rich source of inspiration that will surely be pursued in future work of mine; namely the wonderful world of Kami that is part of the Shinto religion. Kami is the word for elements of nature, animals, creationary forces in the universe as well as the revered spirits of the dead and are listed in the hundreds, some being very weird indeed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_legendary_creatures_from_Japan


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Large monotypes






These are some larger monotypes from my recent series of strange
happenings and characters caught in the car headlights.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Arthub Prize

One of my prints has won a prize at the first Arthub Open print exhbhition.
Disaster on Adam West commemorative flight HA29 was  chosen as best print by Bob and Roberta Smith. I'm placing some images here of the print. One is a lower res image of the whole print with some closer zoomed in sections to show the detail of the event depicted.








Its a small edition etching of only 20 copies the remainder of which are available by contacting me directly through the email address on my profile page.



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Porcelain sculptures

Here are some recent creations. These are small clay ghosts that move gently when nudged. They also make a wonderful bell like tone when hit. Porcelain when fired to high temperatures becomes extremely strong and beautifully semi-translucent, perfect for a ghost. 





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now available at Someth1ng Gallery in Honor Oak.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Arthub Open

I have two prints selected for exhibition in a show opening this coming Friday 12th of June. This is the first open selection print exhibition at this small but vibrant gallery in Deptford, South London. Deptford is a fascinating area, right by the river Thames with a famous street market, several independent galleries and is only a short walk from Greenwich. Its an interesting mix of old industrial and up-and-coming, new London. Heres the poster for the show.



Friday, May 01, 2015

Old Interior design

I've recently been using acrylics to add elements to pages from a fab old book from the 1960's full of the latest innovation in interior design.


Lovely dining room with a ghost



Modern living room with two annoying house guests.



Sunday, April 26, 2015

Some painted interventions


The Lovebirds.



Impressive dark beast with his crystals.


Snowbeast waiting for story time.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New ceramics at my Open Studio

Final preparations are being done for the open studio weekend, March 28th and 29th 2015. I have many new ceramic items including more of my 'damaged suits' which sold out last year. This time as well as the smoked fired suits with beautiful browns and greys there are pure white high temperature suits which I'm very happy with. Here are some images below including new 'shrunken stone cuddly toys'. These are a new thing too which I very happy with, again high fired so they are incredibly strong and glassy.











Friday, March 20, 2015

Open Studio coming very soon.

There is a chance to visit me in south London on the weekend of March 28th and 29th of March 2015. This is part of the Telegraph Hill Festival and on that weekend there are 35 venues taking part in the Open Studios. 
You can see a large amount of my work which includes lots of recent new monotypes and ceramics. Check out the Festival website for full details and for a map of other venues to visit on your way to me.


http://telegraphhillfestival.org.uk/open-studios/

You might like to come and meet our house guest Bosci....who now has his own blog (see my sidebar) and will be selling some of his own produce






Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Monotype prints and news about Bosci

I've been making a lot of monotypes recently. I use a particularly responsive etching ink called noir vignette made by Charbonnel. The small ones here are printed at home on my tiny little intaglio proofing press. I love this process. It combines just the right balance of (some sort of) control over the materials with a large element of chance and randomness. These prints are a few from a large series of things 'caught in the headlights'.
I'v added a new link to the sidebar here on this blog. The link is to Bosci's blog. Bosci is our long-term house-guest animal friend. Bosci has lived here ever since being ejected from display in Nunhead cemetery some years ago now. Use the search tool to find older posts about him but most of all, please visit his site and even make a comment or two.







I am in the early stages of beginning to prepare for another Open Studio at the end of March. For those of you who live in London, its a great chance to come and visit and see much more of my work. Put the dates in your diaries; The weekend of March 28th and 29th from 11am to 6pm. This is part of a much larger local Festival in Telegraph Hill, South London. During that weekend there are many other artists studios to visit at the same time.
More to follow nearer the time