Contours and Colours in Paint and Print, an exhibition by Margaret Gill and Barbara Barlow, has opened at Nantwich Museum, featuring oil and acrylic paintings and hand crafted reduction linocuts based upon ancient Japanese art, similar to woodcut images.
As well as using oil and acrylic paints, Margaret is also drawn to mixing a range of media to achieve her desired effects, and to see what unexpected effects ensue. Some of the work develops in unplanned ways when materials, colours and textures work with, or against, each other. Margaret comments that she finds it interesting when, for example in a landscape of greens, she introduces a range of other colours to heighten the subject. Landscapes and the natural world are of particular interest where Margaret’s aim is to simplify complex images while exaggerating colour and pattern.
Reduction linocut printmaking requires specialist tools and materials including a press and specialist Japanese papers. Each image takes about five days to complete and begins with a drawn design. Barbara chooses to make very small editions of up to fifteen of each image, often producing them in varying colourways. She comments “I don’t plan too far ahead because I want to be surprised by the results”.
Entry to the museum and exhibition is free and the artwork is available to purchase. The exhibition runs until Saturday 27th October 2018.
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