Linocut prints by Ann Lewis RCA
(From the press release to her 2012 exhibition here)
Take a sheet of lino. Draw an image on it, back to front. Cut away the surface from any areas intended to remain white eg. snow, water, sky, and roll coloured ink over the remaining surface. Print by putting the lino and paper together in a press and apply force. Hang up the paper to dry. Cut the lino again, this time leaving areas of the colour to remain.
Repeat the process over and over again with different colours being printed on top of earlier layers. Sometimes only a tiny printable area of lino will remain for the final darkest tone. With patience and skill a limited number of multi-coloured prints may result. This is the risky reduction method of lino-printing favoured by artist Ann Lewis whose work will be showing in Tenby in September.
Ann studied art in Bangor and then at Exeter College of Art and Design. Having gained an honours degree in graphic design in 1988, she returned to Wales, initially working as a freelance designer and illustrator and gradually evolving to fine artist from 1993 when she was elected a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy.
Ann is currently a council member of the RCA and has served for three separate periods between 1994 and 2006. The RCA life drawing group she set up in 2005 continues to this day. Since 2009 Ann has worked full-time as an artist-printmaker in her studio overlooking the Ogwen valley where she paints and produces small editions of her hand-made original prints.
Ann describes the whys and wherefores behind her work as uncomplicated. 'I am passionate about the landscape I live in and to share it with others through my art gives me the most amazing sense of fulfilment. I cannot imagine any other job or occupation offering such rich rewards.
Even at its wettest, greyest and most sombre, the landscape of North Wales - its waterfalls, mountains and rivers - truly inspires me and enables me to work productively and with absolute commitment...it intrigues and challenges me to do it justice in some small way. I find it gritty yet beautiful, intimate, captivating, mesmerising...'