An exhibition celebrating the beauty of the garden from printmakers across the country. Partly inspired and influenced by the Mascot Media book of the same name, available alongside the exhibition.
Matt is a Painter, Printmaker and Beekeeper inspired by the natural world. He especially likes those daily encounters with animals and birds and how they enter our lives and we theirs. Working without a printing press Matt chose to use the Japanese woodblock printing technique of using a bamboo baren (a round flat disc covered traditionally with a dried leaf). Sounds complicated but the technique is very simple and he likes simple things. Matt studied fine art at Salisbury college of art and Natural History Illustration at Carmarthenshire College of art. He is a longstanding member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and regularly shows in London and galleries throughout the UK. His work has also been published in several books: Wildlife in Printmaking (Langford press), Art for the love of Sark (Gateway publishing Ltd) and The Great Fen (Langford Press).
Catkins and Primroses
Vanessa, based in Norfolk, graduated from Brighton Art School in 1990 and works in illustration, painting and printmaking. Her work is finely detailed linocuts of domestic life, garden birds, cats and still lives of her garden flowers. Her work really help to bring the outside in.
Blue Cat Jug
Little Dutch Cup
Bluebells and Cow Parsley
Little Dutch Jug
Tabitha on a Windowsill
Little Green Jug
Bluebells and cow parsley
Caroline studied botany at University and is a keen gardener, another linocut artist in our exhibition her bold colourful work reflects her interest in the shape form and colour of plants.
Pam Grimmond's love of gardens stems from childhood when she spent many happy hours in the garden. These days her bee prints reflect a concern for declining bee colonies, and an awareness of our vital role in the protection of their habitats. Pam is the most local artist to this exhibition living between Ripon and Harrogate, and you'll occasionally spot elements of Yorkshire landmarks in her stunning Lino cuts.
Janis's intricate etchings focus on the relationships between the natural and urban worlds, of gardens and wild places. Her work, in black on white, are small narratives of the patterns of the urban landscape meeting the organic forms of plants and birds.
Cacti in the Orangery
Louise, based in Ouseburn, is preoccupied with patterns, rhythms, the fragility and supremacy of nature. Her detailed drawings lead to paintings and then to layered prints. "The prints are designed to seduce, as a flower seduces a bee for pollination and reproduction using colour, scent and form."
Bees, wild flowers and propagation are central to Louises work, expressed in a variety of forms of print, from collagraph to mezzotint. Her subjects also extend to birds, seed pods and garden plants.