“Printmaker’s progress”, featuring the works of Michael Atkin, is the exhibition now showing at village gallery on Colliergate.
Michael is an artist-printmaker who creates limited edition etchings, lino prints, fine art books and wood engravings at his home based workshop near Scarborough.
Each of Michael’s images has its own story, the image evolving from brief outline sketches made in sketchbooks, which are refined/altered back in the workshop to create a narrative.
Michael has a blurred map of connections, of things seen, things read, places visited and other things. Places, imagined or remembered, are composed, reconciled: shadow and sunlight, water and woodland, valley and hillside. People give scale to a landscape. Once amalgamated the conceived imagery is committed to print and the story revealed - a chance encounter, a moment of unbridled passion, an amusement of some sort ...
The composition may be etched with nitric acid on to copper plates, or cut into lino-blocks, or, his latest development, engraved into end grain boxwood which he finds is adding even greater detail to his work.
Michaels’s exhibition opens at village gallery York on Tuesday 18th October 2022, and it runs until Saturday 3rd December.