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I’m an artist printmaker living and working in Sussex and draw inspiration from the landscape. I originally trained as a Civil Engineer but decided there were enough roads and bridges in the world and left to study art in 1989.
Having trained as a painter I took up printmaking in 2008 and this now forms the main part of my practice.
I have always been inspired by the history and mystery of the landscape (and by artists who depict it, especially Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious and Robert Taverner). I am particularly drawn to ancient places that show signs of earlier cultures (standing stones, hill figures, dew ponds and track ways) and try to capture a sense of my emotional connection with a location.
About my prints:
My prints are entirely hand-made, by me, in my studio. Therefore they are known as original prints and are not to be confused with photo-reproductions. They are made by cutting blocks of lino (one for each colour) to leave raised areas that are then inked up and printed (by hand) onto paper. Thus the image is built up in layers (waiting for each stage to dry) until the print is finished. There will always be very slight variation between each print in the edition as it is impossible to reproduce them exactly alike – therefore each print could be said to be a unique artwork. Each design is produced in a numbered and signed edition and will never be printed again. Because the printing process is so labour intensive I keep my editions small, usually no more than 20 or 25, but often smaller.
A note about colours:
We have tried hard to give an accurate representation of the colours in Ian’s artworks. However, please bear in mind that colours may vary depending on the machine you view them on. The artworks will always look better in real life!