exhibition of contemporary printmaking
Saturday 1st April to Saturday 6th May 2017
Fisherton Mill is offering visitors a chance to come back for more with II Impress, a second exhibition of contemporary printmaking which follows on from Impress, the gallery’s highly successful print show last year. Showcasing work by a new, and similarly diverse, group of artists, it features work ranging from striking architectural scenes in zinging colours to gentler, more naturalistic animal and flower prints.
Two of the exhibitors work with linoprints, but each use this popular technique to create very different results. Jennie Ing creates stylised images of famous buildings in which the geometric patterns she sees in the architecture are highlighted using strong contrasting colours such as shocking pinks, midnight blues and acid greens, while Gail Kelly’s prefers to work in quieter monochromes. She prints her linocuts onto soft Irish linen to create images inspired by the countryside. They rely on her skill at creating strong graphic lines for their impact and recent work includes a series depicting gardens complete with flower beds, shrubs and even the odd snail.
Other exhibitors prefer more unusual printing techniques. Amanda Ross is a botanical artist and instead of using a traditional printing plate, she prints her artwork using actual plant material, working with pressed flowers, fabric and ink to create her delicate images. Bird-lover Sue Brown specialises in collagraph printmaking, which involves making a collage combining tile cement, carborundum and found textures. The technique provides intaglio prints with deeply textural surfaces and allows her to create areas of interesting surface pattern which is particularly suited to her lively images of birds with their lovingly depicted feathered details and sense of texture.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 9.30am-5.30pm
Closed: All Sundays and Easter Monday (17th April 2017)