Linocut Prints, drawings and paintings of figurative subjects that predominantly celebrate human endeavour and the world around us.
My linocut prints, drawings and paintings are of figurative subjects, images that I refer to as icons from my every-day. I select images and simplify them so that the subject is still recognisable, but the lines and shapes are bold, turning the subject into something that is more like a pattern than a photograph. My work is primarily concerned with the fundamental elements of design: colour, line and shape. When I have realised coherence in these elements I am able to communicate a feeling or observation about the subject; its energy, mood, or implied narrative. I am fascinated by colour and through my prints can experiment with how colours affect other colours, simply by being placed alongside one another in a composition, or by layering transparent inks to discover colour mixes. At the moment all my linocut print designs are made using 3 separate carved lino tiles that are printed over one another to create 3-colour images.
My prints are most heavily influenced by Modern British prints of the 1930-50s, most notably from the Grosvenor School Printmakers Lill Tschudi, Cyril Power and Sybil Andrews. Ukiyo-e prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige have also been influential to my work; having been brought up by my Japanese mother, I have been familiar with far eastern art from an early age.
Away from my studio I co-write the Jackson’s Art Blog, a blog run by artists for artists. I am also a trustee of the Jackson’s Art Foundation, a charity that supports emerging artists.