Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Meet the Printmaker - Lee Kellgren

Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work…What sort of prints do you make?
My name is Lee and I am a printmaker mostly working in etching.

Are you solely a printmaker or do you work in any other creative fields?
I used to work in computer graphics but was always interested in natural textures and colours.

What is your earliest recollection of making a print and what made you to want to do more?
When we moved to Bristol many years ago I went back to art classes at Queen’s Road  and started  exploring printmaking and my first series of prints were about  the extraordinary 18C coaching inn we had moved into.

What inspires you and are there any themes or ideas that often run through your work?  
My  artwork is  usually about trying to capture a  place/moment. People who have bought my work have used the following descriptions :
Peaceful – Recollection/memory -  suspended moment of time -  a  deeply significant place – delicate – melancholy- deserted.

Could you give us an insight into where you work – your studio/workspace and where you print?
I  make prints in the lovely etching studio that looks onto the river at Spike Print Studio.

The work of which other printmaker/s do you admire?
The  painterly etched  landscapes by Norman Ackroyd

Printmaking is made up of lots of different processes, which aspect do you enjoy the most?  
Peeling back the  wet paper from the press bed  to see the first print from a plate.  Did it work?  Did the process add more than expected?

Do you have a favourite tool or something you find invaluable when printing?
Deep pockets for tools and stuff in a big apron covered in ink stains!

Can you share a little printing trick or secret with us?
You don’t need a lot of expensive tools for etching- I use a knitting needle to draw into the wax ground on a printing plate.

How would you like to develop your printmaking skills in the future?
I would like to work on a larger scale  and make more immersive images using aluminium etching. As an art medium, I enjoy the creative challenges within the technical boundaries that etching provides.

Thanks Lee. We love the range of different processes you use and the moments you capture in your work.

Lee Kellgren's work is currently featured in the second volume of The Print Shop, which runs until September 29th. She has work framed on our lovely wall packed full of beautiful hand printed delights and in the print racks which you can browse through to find prints ranging from fifteen pounds to a few hundred pounds. 

The Print Shop
Unit 6
Quakers Friars
Cabot Circus

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