2017 Art Trail
I am an Addingham based printmaker working mainly through the medium of reduction lino printing. I enjoy the essentially ‘primitive’ character, craft skill and historical continuity bound up in the process of block printmaking; the intellectual and technical exercise of manipulating the original image to exploit the potential of the medium – and its serendipitous nature. By limiting the editions of my work I allow myself time to experiment within the process itself, sometimes on a print by print basis adding to their individual nature.
‘My work, based on my own drawing and photography, covers a range of subjects. The underlying theme is, however, that of attempting to capture and make a subjective response to specific instances of location and time. In the momentary coming together of disparate elements and perspectives, I try to create visual narratives that have, in themselves, small significance. They remain, however, essential parts of a reflection of a complete and uniquely personal aesthetic experience’.
2016 Art Trail
I am a printmaker focusing my work mostly through the medium of lino block printing.
Originally from Liverpool, I trained at Liverpool and Newport Colleges of Art as a graphic designer. I worked happily for many years as a teacher for the Leeds Education Authority. Married to the painter Julia Keates, we are based in Addingham.
A member of the West Yorkshire Print Workshop, my work is always developed from my own drawn or photographic observations. Although not exclusively so, I use a ‘reduction’ process that has employed up to fifteen different colour printing stages but only one printing block.
My work continues to follow several different themes. My love of birds and flight, (perhaps as consequence of my own experiences as a glider pilot) continues, as does my fascination with water in all its various moods.
My work is on view and sale in a number of galleries in the Leeds and Yorkshire area. My portfolio and an extended explanation of the processes I use can be viewed on my website – www.mikesmithprints.co.uk