This website showcases recent digital prints produced in the studio in Hereford. Images range from abstract to complex patterns through to imaginary worlds. All are printed using the finest pigmented Ultrachrome inks from Epson and acid-free Huhnemuhle German Etching paper 310 gsm. All the prints except for those on canvas are printed in the studio on the state of the art large format SC P6000 Printer.
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This large print - about 1 metre square printed on canvas - has its roots in preceding prints but here the formal structure and intense colour keep the eye moving as it takes in the wave motions and grid structures. A seemingly endless set of themes and variations, restless and creative, an image full of vigour and joy.
The mix of formal and informal patterns, together with suggestions of natural forms and Japanese design, give this print its oriental quality. The overall form also hints at a structure akin to musical form as in a sonata with its recurring themes and variations.
Derived from initially images of the local landscape this kaleidoscope of forms and colour suggests something much greater and infinite. Look carefully and you can still make out some of the earth's textures and colours.
An epithalamium is a song or poem devired from the ancient Greek and Roman practice of wishing newly wed couples a life full of creative fertility. Joyful and positive this print suggests somethng of a dance or celebration. There is more than a hint of arms and legs in motion, though the print is originally developed out of landscape imagery. chance plays its role.
Exits and entrances
Just like a Busby Berkeley movie, this print conjures up the kaleidoscopic movements of the famous movies of the 1930s. Hints of legs and arms moving in synchronisty.
The first in the expanding series of prints concerned with the idea of a palimpsest. In the past documents were written on expensive vellum which when no longer rquired were scraped clean in readiness to be used for another doccument, but there were often traces left behind of the previous document(s) - thus creating a palimpsest. The lanscape itself is often something of a palimsest, retaining many traces of previous usues in the feilds, hedgerows and lanes that divide up the surface of the land, thereby hinting at a long and evoling history of usage.
Another in the Palimpsest series, this time using two sets of wildly dancing 'ribbons' or natural forms dancing against a tartan-like background. Endlessly in movement to the eye.
Recalling the 1950s abstraction, forms and painterliness. Some of the shapes conjure up some regularly seen in 1950s design and painting. The colour suggests the seside beach perhaps, the horizon, sun and clouds, but is far from representational. Look carefully and it is fused with the pattern found in many of my prints from 'Cosmos' onwards. Ultimately a thoroughly digital print in that the final image really could not have been produced by any other means. Makes a fine companion to 'Recollection two'. There is also a simplified painting in acrylics that is also derived from the same oil pastel drawing.
Hints of the seaside in this 1950s inspired abstration. A deep blue at the top and sunlike outburst on the right top corner and it becomes difficult not to see some reference to sea and sand and a warm day by the beach. It is also fused together with the pattern derived from the print series including 'Cosmos' and 'Epithalamium'. There is also a large painting derived from the same intitial oil pastel drawing.
A large print (about a metre square) printed on canvas. A complex set of allusions to dance, movement, limbs woven together to form a striking symbol of freedom and energy, but overlayed with dark, nighttime colours and enclosed forms bringing to mind the need for curling up into a place of comfort away from the hectic world as it swirls by.
In two minds
Totally abstract but strongly suggests conflict and struggle and difficulty of making one'smind up. Vibrant colours emphasise this along with the black lines, delineating areas of context perhaps. Very painterly, it was appropiaetly created totally in Corel's 'Painter' program
Another in the 'Palimpsest' series of prints. Strong hints of landscape forms - themselves a form of palimpsest - are overlaid with vertical textures suggesting decay and erosion. Vivid colour form an unexpected counterpoint to the semi-abstract image itself.
A companion print to 'Palimpsest three'. altogether darker and more sombre image results in changing the palette to dark blues and violets. Suggestions of nighttime and the strange light that can be experienced in moonlight.
A small colourful reworking of ideas from 'Cosmos' and 'Epithalamium' prints, this time with a rich palette that brings out the formal nature of the structure and how each area id counter-balanced by another very much in the way that counterpoint works in music. Theme and variations is a common way of working for both composers and artists.
A simple image that weaves its magic with clouds and hints of the sky to form an endlessly moving and bounless view of the swirling cosmos.
Created to celebrate 40 years of printmaking. Made from fusing a drawing and a watercolour painting followed by plenty of digital manipulation, this small print is only available when buying a copy of the book 'Making an Impression' which was published to celebrate the 40 years.
Highly playful in its use of forms and abstraction, overlays and colour, this print is yet another in the 'Palimpsest' series. Something about it hints at the Far East, dragons and Japanese painted screens. Rich in grahic texture.
Derived from exploration in oil pastels of the nature of abstraction, this small print also fuses together a familiar overlaying pattern found in the 'Cosmos' series of prints. The rich colour and the delicate pattern make for an image that could only have been produced digitially.
A second development of the ideas to be found in 'Fusion'. There is a particularly richly satifying fusion of images and textures to be found in this print.
Highly formal in its design, thissmall print alludes to certain qualities to be found in early 18th century English gardens, with their mix of formal parterres, canals, arboiurs and statuary, all woven into an harmonious whole.
Night and day
A small print with suggestions of waterlily ponds, Japanese kimonos and musical forms, this brings into play a design element I have returned to many times over the years - namely the overlay of cut or slashed elements from the image seemingly behind, to be then modified and placed at an angle. Nothing is quite as it seems and no element is an exact repeat but rather a set of themes and variations. a striking use of black and outline give this a strongly graphic quality.
A small print that packs quite a punch for its size. Exploring the nature of abstraction with marks, lines and blocks of colour which might be found in the paintings of the 1950s. There is not element of representation unless the viewer is prone to provinding one.
Not yet published.
Parades gone by
A large abstract print featuring some of the most intensely worked elements of woven pattern to be found in my work. The feeling of the tailing off, as you look from left to right, or right to left alludes to the passing of some event that created an explosion of joyful events, as though one has all but missed the parade. Its width emphasises the linear and transitory nature of the image.
Song of love
A kaleidoscope of colour. Intended to be an alternative to 'Epithalamium'. There is an element of the exotic and the Indian sub-continent in its fusion of forms and colour. Think of Olivier Messaien's Turangulila Symphony and its all-encompassing hymn and dance to the joy of love and life.
A colourful weaving of forms suggestion a lively nightime festival. A small print bursting with hot energy.
A large and complex image but simply 'woven', full of rich textures and forms, reminiscent of a Moroccan carpet but derived from the gears of an old etching press. Every rectangle could be an individual print.