A long-overdue trip to London to see an old friend and a day spent looking around commercial galleries.
In January I enrolled onto the Hotbed Press Complete Printmaking Course and so far have mono-printed using thinly rolled ink and drawing on top of it on a light sheet of paper. Now things are stepping up a gear and I have moved on to using drypoint on perspex and aluminium, which involved lots of scratching and etching using sharp tools and for more ferocious or engineered mark-making, a Dremmel tool.
John Piper’s early influences were Picasso and Braque. He played around with graphic abstraction early on. Shapes, planes, space. Later on newsprint in cliff faces.