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All works are original limited edition lino prints by Ian O’Halloran.
1. Autumn Maple (Knightshayes Court) – Inspired by autumn visits to the gardens at Knightshayes Court (a National Trust property in Devon) when the colours of the acers are at their best.
2. The Bishop’s Cherry – This is a winter portrait of a cherry tree growing in the garden of a farm nearby, worked by a family called Bishop.The landscape in the distance is imaginary but the wrought-iron fence is real!
3. Ding Dong Mine – This print is of the improbably named Ding Dong mine (one of the many abandoned tin mines from Cornwall’s industrial past). I’ve tried to capture a sense of how impressive these ruins are, especially when you stand up close to them. This is a four block lino print and the block showing all the stonework detail took many hours to carve. (Most of the block was cut away to leave the joints between the stones.)
4. Lanyon Quoit – I’m fascinated by these pre-historic monuments – their mystery and strangeness – and have made a number of prints based on them, hopefully giving a sense of their solidity and timelessness.
5. Summer on Mill Down – This lino cut depicts the Downs just to the west of Eastbourne. A blustery day in late summer – I’ve tried to capture the colours of the various seed heads and the grasses that you see at that time of year.
6. The Tump – A tump is a small, rounded hill or a clump of trees. This lino print has both!