|From||27 June 2015|
|To||19 July 2015|
|Private view||26 June 2015 5 to 8pm|
“There is nothing else I know that gives me the fierce joy I feel in creating a print and then the heady delight of selling it”
This exhibition of work by printmaker Laura Boswell demonstrates her fascination in the pattern, light, weather and seasonality of the rural landscape which acts as a perfect raw material for her as it is local, familiar and in a constant state of change.
Working from a brief, which she sets for herself or receives from a client, Laura Boswell sets out drawing and photographing before returing to the studio to stitch her sketches into the landscape for the prints. Using photographs to act as an aide memoire for shapes and relationships, Laura works using her sketches to pare back her designs so that they are as simple as possible, but still recognisable. Whilst she works with landscape, her real interest is in shape and colour – reality will always come second to a strong composition. Her colour palette for the prints has been developed through experience and reasearch and the freshness of the prints develops as one colour bounces off the next in as many layers as she feels are needed. She has a constant need to learn, adapt, progress, deliver and sell the work that she creates.
Laura Boswell’s work uses two distinct techniques, which are Japanese Wood Block and Reduction Linocut.
In the reduction linocut process there is a build up of layers and colours in the print using one piece of lino, so the edition is printed gradually and the picture builds up as the lino is cut away to create more layers of colour. Laura adds to this process by ‘free painting’ with small rollers and a mix of colours, this leads to an edition of prints all created from the same lino block, but varying in colours, so in reality each is a unique artwork in itself.
Japanese wood block is a technique rarely used in the UK, which Laura trained with master craftsmen (as opposed to artists) to learn in Japan. The master craftsmen have many decades of experience in one aspect of woodblock and Laura has used the knowledge she gained from them to create English landscapes with the sensibility of Japanese prints.
Laura Boswell has work in collections around the world, including the House of Lords and Nagasawa Art Park Collection Japan, and writes a regular column for Artist and Illustrators Magazine.