Wednesday 11th April 2007
Sylvan - Northern Print Gallery
12 July / 2nd September 2007
Preview 12 July 6-8 pm
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 12-4pm
0191 261 7000
Gallery 2 screenprints by Alec Finlay
Cabinet Print on glass by Theresa Easton
Trees form an iconic part of our cultural and national landscape. Their structure frames and edges the boundaries of garden, field and mountain; their silhouette bridging land and sky. Imbued with symbolic virtues and qualities they form an integral place in our historical and mythological imagination.
Sylvan - of woods, is a collection of etchings and monoprints.
The etchings are a personal arboretum each signifying a particular place where I have lived and worked. Started in Switzerland on a residency in 2003 they number seven with the aim of twelve. They are drawn from direct observation over several days and form for me a distilled memory of CH, France, Wales and England.
Sylvan-the monoprints are a new departure. In contrast to the monochrome and intimate scale of the etchings the opportunity of using a large press at Wolverhampton University that used to print Admiralty maps has made me refocus my use of scale and brought colour into the work.
From observing form afar in the etchings, the monoprints are the experience of looking up and into tree and wood. The connection of intricate branching coupled with early leaf and blossom creating a matrix with the sky.