For me, printmaking is about meaning, sequence, narrative and process. I enjoy the unexpected discoveries of experimentation which prevent the work from becoming predictable. A print always seems provisional.
The methods that I use most are Etching and Collagraph.
Etching is a process in which acid is selectively allowed to bite into a metal plate. Ink is then applied, generally into the 'bitten' areas.
A Collagraph is made by gluing everyday materials on to a base. This is then inked, cleaned and printed.
For my garden and Nestbox projects I have been printing on the Albion Press, using wood, stone, found objects and hand cut rubber stamps. The series "A philosophy of the Garden" is a project resulting from this investigation.

The fish print is an example of "Gyotaku" which is popular in Japan. The actual dead fish is inked up and printed, gently. To see more examples of printing in the hand, go to the Books page of my website and find the book "Re-turn."

I have exhibited prints in Leeds, Bradford, Keighley, Halifax, elsewhere in the UK and in the USA

In April 2013 to June 2013 there was an exhibition called "Press and Release" at Phoenix Studios in Brighton. Featured in this were eight of my 3D nestboxes (see Books page) and 30 cardboard birds. The birds are collaged with monoprints on which text lists many of the things which birds do not need. There are examples below.

Asylum Series

Coercion Series

Shadow Series

USA Print Exchange

Philosophy of the garden

Nest Box

Printmaking and Painting combined 2015
These images link to the exhibition "Something Rich and Strange" at South Square 2015.
My painting/prints are 1.5metres x 1metre each.
The photograph of students buried in the sand is "Liverpool Beach Burial,1969 by Keith Arnatt. I am the one in the red hat.
For explanation of these images, please refer to the exhibition in Projects.

"Upon senescence, plant residues, animals and microorganisms enter the dead organic matter pool and become a source of nutrients and energy for other organisms. Extracellular enzymes target macromolecules such as carbohydrates, lignin, organic phosphates, amino sugar polymers and proteins and break them down into soluble sugars that are subsequently transported into cells to support heterotrophic metabolism.
The cycling of elements from dead organic matter by heterotrophic soil microorganisms is essential for nutrient turnover and energy transfer in terrestrial ecosystems."

In February 2016 my exhibition at The Leeds Library began. Having done research in the library as Artist in Residence, I focussed on "The Enlightenment" as my theme. As part of the research I discovered methods of recording and classifying species which linked with my previous work.
"Nature Printing" was a method of recording accurately, species of plants that were newly discovered. I decided to up-date this method to record directly from nature, the plants in my own garden. This is more difficult than it sounds, but the results were good. The prints were exhibited at the library between February and march 2016.
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 1969 in Keith Arnatt's project     
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 cell death oil paint/print     
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 soil life - decay happens     
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 Gyotaku Fish     
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 Press and Release Exhibition     
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 Birds Optimistic for No Reason     
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 Birds on Pink Cloud But Under Fire     
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 Birds Who Became Bad.....     
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 Birds Heading For Trouble     
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 Birds Who Reject Your Objects     
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