A modern art print full of eddies and flows, inspired by migrating birds.
Living in Yorkshire with the East Coast within easy reach, I'm very aware of the migration of birds. Sitting on Flamborough Head cliffs just South of the Bempton bird colony, you'll see lines of Gannets and others flying up the coast to their breeding grounds from their Winter territories. On top of the high cliffs, you also experience much movement in the air. The two come together in this art.
This linocut combines bold shapes with subtle graduated colour and texture. Seemingly simple, it passed through the printing press three times: twice with graduated ink applied to the lino block. The second time, the ink was mixed with some transparent medium and these marks retain a slight gloss as a result contrasting with the more matt shapes. The bird silhouettes have a distinct texture while the rest are flat and smooth. These details add a subtle sophistication to the artwork. The print has a comtemporary feel to it while being unashamedly decorative.
Selected for inclusion in the Ferens Open 2009 juried art exhibition at Hull public art gallery, Yorkshire, UK.