Christmas Print Show 2023: 1-23 Dec 2021
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Participating Artists: Irene Burkhard, Ellie Hayward, Wuon-Gean Ho, Adam Hogarth, Alison Lumb, Peg Morris, Richard Peacock, Peter S Smith
Irene Burkhard’s artistic approach is firmly rooted in skill and craftsmanship, elements she considers essential to her practice. She is driven by a profound curiosity and is getting inspired by everyday encounters, gatherings, personal memories, found imagery, and photographs. By weaving these elements together, she is creating compositions lurking between the familiar and the enigmatic. Through her scenes of people gathering around bonfires, beneath the soft glow of streetlamps, and amidst the radiant allure of illuminated structures, she endeavors to evoke a sense of ambivalence, intrigue and mystery, and explores the interplay of light, darkness, and the human experience. In her work, viewers stand in the shadows, observing these scenes from a distance. Irene engages us in a visual dialogue that transcends boundaries, sparks contemplation and draws from experiences and emotions, inviting all to join her on this journey of exploration and discovery.
Ellie Hayward is a London-based artist whose practice focuses on both sculpture and printmaking. She graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2020 with a BA in Fine Art, First Class Honours. Her work explores ideas around space and architecture, with a focus on liminal spaces. Since graduating her work has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions, including the RA Summer Show and ‘The Factory Project,’ curated by Thorp Stavri. Most recently Ellie exhibited at The London Original Print Fair, 2023 at Somerset House as part of Verbatim. She has also received various awards, most recently, ‘The Royal Society of Painter -Printmaker Prize’ at the 2022 RE International Print Fair, as well as the UCL Provost Prize in 2020.
Wuon-Gean Ho was born in Oxford and graduated as a vet before taking up a Japanese Government Scholarship to study woodblock printmaking in Japan. She achieved a distinction in MA Print from the Royal College of Art, and then was etching fellow at the Royal Academy Schools from 2016–18 where this series of prints started. She says, “I make prints which tell stories of everyday life with a gentle humour. I love making a little world within which my characters are set.” Her looping compositions lead the eye from one character to another. They go swimming, cycle through London, admire nature and encounter funny situations with people and their pets.
Northumbria University, BA Fine Art
The Royal College of Art, MFA Fine Art Printmaking
Adam is an artist/printmaker living and working between Folkestone and London. Based upon research trips to Chernobyl, Hiroshima, Sellafield, Bradwell and Dungeness, “The Future’s Forgotten Rituals” is Adam’s most recent ongoing body of work exploring a series of fictitious folk communities that hang onto life 900 years after a global mass extinction. A worldwide nuclear meltdown and environmental disaster have regressed humanity into a new dark age.
Alison Lumb is interested in human perception: how we interpret and create our world with a mix of what is out there and what we remember, desire or fear.
Her work explores moments and places in which the world and time are suspended and we can slip loose from our conscious sense of self. Travelling, waiting, early morning, dusk, windows and doors, shores and rivers all feature. She works in screenprint, monoprint and digital.
Previously a drama producer, Alison studied Fine Art at the City Lit. She is a member of the UK Printmakers Council and Southbank Printmakers Gallery. Her work has featured several times in the national ING Discerning Eye exhibition – her work has been selected by film director Gurinder Chadha, art critic Tabish Khan and Cherie Federico, editor of Aesthetica Magazine. In the 2015 exhibition Alison received the St Cuthbert’s Award for a work on paper.
Peg Morris explores dilapidation, decay, solitude, erosion and changing light conditions; processes which transform our surroundings. Fascinated by process, Peg uses different media; etching, collagraphy, monotype, lithography and artist’s books. Her work is rooted in observation; drawing underpins all the images she makes. The places depicted in her work, whether interior or exterior, are quiet and contemplative; the composition leading the viewer through the space.
Peg’s studio is at her home in Gomshall in the Surrey Hills. A member of the Southbank Printmakers Gallery and the Printmakers Council, she also works at Kew Studio where she is Print Studio Manager and teaches etching. Her work is held in the V&A and PMC Archives. She has exhibited in the RA Summer Exhibition 2022, the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair in 2020, 2021 and 2023 and at the Mall Galleries with the SGFA in 2021 and the RBA and the RI in 2023.
Richard Peacock is an artist working with screen print and woodcut.
His imagery combines elements of geometrical abstraction, op and pop art.
In his screen prints the image is constructed using building blocks of colour, tone, shape, rhythm and pattern. A strong understanding of colour and colour combinations is key. The negative space between the elements is often an important part of his compositions.
The stencils for his prints come from a variety of sources: sometimes basic geometric shapes, but often recycled pieces of packaging folded flat.
The “handmade” nature of his work is important to him – there are imperfections, gaps, overlaps and unexpected colours to discover.
Peter S Smith
Peter S Smith RE Painter/Printmaker
Birmingham School of Art and Design (BA (Hons) Fine Art,1969) Manchester School of Art (Post Graduate Certificate in Education,1970) West Midlands Fine Art Fellow 1977-1979 Wimbledon School of Art (MA Printmaking,1992) Member of the Society of Wood Engravers Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.
“Peter’s wood engravings and etchings are so much expressions of the identical sensibility, rather than exercises in contrasted media, that they subliminally make one think of him not as a wood engraver or an etcher as such, at all, but as a printmaker and an artist. Not all wood engravers achieve that, let alone effortlessly. He has done his printmaking MA, he knows all about techniques but he never succumbs to the flash or relies on the technically accomplished. He keeps his work and us always on the edge.” Simon Brett – Multiples No. 6