Printing Artists

Brenda Harthill creates prints of landscapes using pattern, light and texture. Her work is abstract in design and draws from natures rough landscape and prefers the brighter lights and shade from New Zealand in comparison to her roots in England, where the light is duller. I would like to explore light and its effect on the colour and tonal values.

I like the broken lines of her work and although I know it’s a landscape, because its so abstract my mind sees so much more, it allows the imagination to see beyond the actual image. Its almost like a patchwork quilt, with a subtle colour palette, that is soft.

John Ross
John Ross has a wide portfolio of printing subjects, from landscapes, portraits, architecture or figures.  His work is simple in design, concentrating on minimalism and a limited colour palette.

His work using equating engraving is quite complicated.  But have found it difficult to find information about why he creates this work.Penn StationPenn station

This is quite an intricate print and would need to be meticulously thought out with precision. Many of the prints I have looked at are simpler by design and although I like this, simpler ideas can be produced quickly and with more volume.

Laurie Rudling
Laurie Rudling uses the natural world for her art, using landscapes and architectural environments. Like some of the other techniques, there is a simplicity that gives a surreal feel to the landscape. The sky feel like its moving whilst the land and sea are still. This needs thinking about in my work, especially where movement is needed.

This would suit fabric design as would be simple to produce, as it has simple lines. One thing during my research, i have felt that colour needs to explored further in more depth.

Max Angus
Two Avocets in June Linocut by Max Angus (

This artists inspiration come from nature and uses it to capture happy moments, such as birds, the weather, a beautiful landscape. He draws direct from nature sketching small drawings which he collates into larger pictures. This gives me an idea of merging elements of my drawing from various sketchbooks into one large design.

Henry Matisse
Henry Matisse used dry point in his artwork, amongst other techniques.

dionyssos: “ Henri Matisse ”

I like the simplicity of the lines in his artwork and find I tend to over complicate things and have found throughout this course and the previous one, that some of the best samples have been simpler in design. More value is now seen in contemporary work, as opposed to just decorative art. In this image there is negative and positive qualities which would be interesting to explore as it is similar to illustration or cartoon like. 24/5/17

One technique in the course material is similar in application. This is where the plate is inked up and marks are made through the back of the paper or whatever material used. Pressure is applied using hands. The Gelli plate was not very successful as heavy marks would damage the plate. However when directly inked into the tray, gave a more defined image, but still muted. Having researched a number of videos found this video which showed stunning results. This I feel I need to practice a little more and possibly use a different printing medium. This was perhaps the least successful of all the prints that I did.

Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas used a method called Retroussage, where the ink is added to the plates after they were wiped. Pastel colours were also introduced to give richer tones.
 “Heads of a Man and Woman,” from around 1877-78.

Heads of man and a woman

In 1883 Degas met Walter Sickert (printmaker and painter), who had a profound effect on his work.  It is rumoured that Sickert was Jack the Ripper (an interest of mine and nothing to do with the course),  and researching his work found a number of pictures has a sinister overtone. Both faces are obscured, with the woman looking to the left, but the man is face on. I feel this is a very masculine picture and shows the dominance of the male figure. The print although blurred, ones imagination discounts the messy application. There are no defined lines, which makes the picture softer.

Walter Sickert used etching and engraving to produce the Iron Bedstead. Whilst there is a strong picture, when broken down there are erratic lines and the figure is obscured by the bed head obviously because of the angle. But it is a very effective print. the campden town murder

Similar to Degas, the erratic lines give a strong image and whilst we know that it shows a man and woman,  again with a foreboding in its portrayal. It is evident in his work that he uses light and dark and this is a great portrayal of the Victorian times adding to the overwhelming feeling of depravity of the day.

Paul Klee
Paul Klee used printing in his work, but in contrast to the previous artists, is bright and cheery.

He developed the oil transfer print method and used continuous line. Which is where the line is used in a continuous movement without lifting from the paper, which aids concentration. He also combined media not previously used. The advantages of this are that there is freedom from the rigidity of traditional drawing. This technique makes it free flowing and quicker impressions of a subject. The drawings themselves are more stylised in design. Picasso also used this simple method for drawing his dog lump  which is almost childlike

Paul Klee. Christian Sectarian (Christlicher Sectierer). 1920
Although a little odd, in my opinion. The colours all work well together. It reminds me of the cat in the hat, possibly because of its peculiarity. There is a simplicity and softness, which I like and something I need to change about my own work which can be over-complicated in design. I have discovered that just because it is simple does not mean it cant be effective. The method he uses is to paint black oil paint onto paper and lay it face down over another. He uses an etching needle to draw over the paper transferring to the bottom sheet.
It can prove to be a resist,when colour washes are applied.

A further example of Paul Klees work is the saint of the inner light

The saint of the inner light; semi-abstract HL, nude female. 1921 Colour lithograph, printed in brown and black

This is very simplistic and find it a little disturbing, but would imagine it would be easy to replicate. It appears to be one continuous line. Both of the examples feel naive and childlike.

Laurie rudling
Gallery of Laurie Rudling - Aquatint Etchings, Collagraphs and Original Prints rud

Laurie Rudling a printmaker draws from landscape and urban environment. She uses etchings and collage plates that are highly textured. The picture above, I found intriguing, as there is a lot of depth and looks realistic in a stylised way. There is simplicity in part, but complex in another. She usually does a series of works which I think that I would like to do, but as a ghostly print that is muted each time it is taken. I like the idea of part painting and part printed and would be interesting to try to see what effects can be made.

I created a board on pinterest of all the things that were of interest to me:-



Author: huggywitch

I have been doing textiles for a number of years and recently started my degree. I have always had an interest in theatre costume design and this is where my passion lie.

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