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Printmaker of the Month, February 2019

We’ve created a space in the LPW Studio which can be booked by members to test out new ideas and exhibit final work, work in progress or any research or ideas. The current exhibition in the space is a selection of prints by LPW Artist Andrew Morgan.

Although I have drawn and painted all my life, I have only recently discovered printing: I attended the Introduction to Print course in early 2018, became hooked, joined LPW in April and have been a regular user ever since.

Having tried a range of techniques, I found I was particularly drawn to collagraphs. I really enjoyed the process of the plate making: the use of and sculpting of collaged materials seemed a natural extension to my use of textural materials in my paintings, and I was excited by the shapes, textures and organic qualities of the resulting printed image.

With time and practice the possibilities of the technique and process has opened up – the different ways of inking a plate, use of multiple plates, combination of printing and painting techniques are all things I am discovering and exploring. The prints shown here illustrate the range of techniques I have been using and experimenting with – single and multiple colour intaglio, a mix of intaglio and relief printing and the use of watercolour applied to a finished print.

I also found that collagraphs are well suited to the depiction of one of my favourite subjects – trees – which form the subject of this display/exhibition. Trees hold a fascination for me. I love their visual qualities – form and shapes, the patterns and textures of trunks, boles, branches, twigs and bark and the way their leaves filter and reflect light and change colour with the seasons – but also as characters with their own stories to tell of their life and the landscape in which they sit.

For me a subject that is real and has a sense of place is an important starting point of my work. All the images shown are based on my sketches, including a number from my sketchbooks that record the trees and woodland of the historic parkland of Calke Abbey, Derbyshire over a three year period. I am finding that printing has opened up a whole new direction for me to explore and discover fresh ways of interpreting much loved subjects.

- Andrew Morgan, January 2018

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