A number of members from the Double Elephant Print studios in Exeter were exhibiting at the cafe gallery of Exeter RAMM whilst I was visiting at new year. It was a fantastic opportunity to see a number of different printmakers’ works who were approaching the medium in different ways.
As I am currently working on relief methods it is understandable that my attention was focused on the linocut artists that were presenting their work. One artist in particular who’s work I found appealing was Jess Davies. Looking closely at her work I assume she used 3/ 4 colours in the pieces but with a large number of colours layered over the top of each other. For example in the sky of her work “Broken wall” the sky is light but mottled so I would assume she printed a lighter colour over the top of a darker ink, which provided a lovely soft mottled texture to the overprinted ink. The overiding colours are subtle neutral browns and blacks but with very small amount of bright orange which lifts the design and makes it look very contemporary.
Trying to work out the working method I think that she probably used masks and reduction blocks to produce the prints.
The sizes were not detailed on the prints but they were approximately A4 in size and the edition sizes were small just limited to 5 and 7 respectively.
Another linocut artist Alison Savic was displaying her work. She stated that she used three multiblocks in her working method for “Great Hall”, and it is clear that she used pink, green and black. This unusual colour palette again make the print feel contemporary and provides an interesting atmosphere.
There were a number of collagraphs and drypoints by the artist Catherine Cartwright that also caught my eye, which were inspirational. The atmosphere and delicacy that can be achieved by the intaglio techniques is exciting and I look forward to the fourth part of the course. However without a press I may struggle to replicate these effects at home.