Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Vote now for the Readers' Choice - Artist of the Year Competition 2018, Artists and Illustrators

I have been shortlisted for the Readers' Choice in Artist and Illustrators' Artist of the Year competition with my etching entitled 'Homed and homeless'.  If you would like to vote for me, vote now here:

All 50 shortlisted artworks will also be displayed at a special Artists of the Year exhibition held at Mall Galleries, London SW1, from 18 to 24 February, as well as receiving promotion on Artists & Illustrators’ Facebook page, seen by more than 297,000 art lovers.

The winner will be crowned Artist of the Year and receive a £1,000 cash prize, a brush bouquet from Rosemary & Co and the chance to work towards a solo exhibition with Panter & Hall, on London’s prestigious Pall Mall. 

There are other prizes too, including a special one for the Reader's Choice.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

One of my etchings has been selected to be part of the Victoria and Albert Museum's permanent collection

I'm very excited that one of my etchings, 'Bare mountain' has been selected to be part of the Victoria and Albert Museum's permanent collection.    Currently it can be seen at Morley Gallery in London but, two from this edition, will be kept in the V & A.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Society of Artists' exhibition - 'Hedgrow to hillside - the Wrekin' etching currently on exhibition in the gallery until 18 November 2017

If you would like to see the etching 'Hedgrow to hillside', it is on show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until 18 November, 2017. 

Printing my etching Hedgerow to hillside - the Wrekin

Once I have an image on my etching plate, this is how I ink and print it.  If I want another one, it is possible to go through the process again but the next print will not be exactly the same - it's hand printed so every print is unique.

 Etching a metal plate in copper sulphat

 Putting onto onto the plate - pressing it into the grooves with a piece of rubber

The metal plate is on a hotplate to make the ink looser and easier to wipe
 Wiping excess ink from the surface of the plate using paper (Yellow pages)

 Printing the etching plate on the press

 Peeling back the paper to check it has printed well
The final print From Hedgrow to hillside'

Many thanks to Graham Stubbs for taking the photos. 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Delighted to received an Art Award for 'outstanding work' at Wolverhampton Art Gallery 23/9/2017

I was delighted today to receive the 'Elsie Holland award for outstanding work' at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, for my etching 'Homed and homeless'.
The award was presented by Wayne Attwood Vice President of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.  It's a new art award that Wolverhampton Society of Artists were honoured to give this year.
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'Homed and homeless' etching and aquatint
Elsie Holland was a remarkable woman who devoted herself to adult education.  Inspired by her socialist principles she was a stalwart member of the Worker's Educational Association (WEA) which organised dozens of courses and educational trips.  She was especially keen on Art and the ways in which it can enrich people's lives.  The prize was awarded both to honour her memory and to recognise her contribution to the visual arts in Wolverhampton