Fresh Prints At The Oyster Gallery In Babbacombe

By Katy Morris | 26 March 2004
Shows a photograph of a print which depicts a riverside scene. The print is in a collage style with large areas of blue indicating the river and green, brown and darker colours indicating the river bank.

Photo: River Dart 11, monotype chine colle by Linda Looker.

An exhibition of modern printmaking opens on March 27 at The Oyster Gallery in Babbacombe, Devon. The work will be on show until April 21.

The Fresh Prints exhibition features four artists who have produced work using traditional and modern printmaking methods.

Fresh Prints is a diverse collection of work including etchings, woodcuts and other techniques.

Shows a photograph of a print which depicts a Cobra Lily. The print has a black background with the lily shown in bright green, yellow-green and a dark red with white spots on the leaves.

Photo: Cobra Lily, linocut by Susan Deakin.

"The aim is to make people look afresh at prints, because they are all individual. That is why the exhibition is called Fresh Prints," says Helen Beardsley director of Oyster Gallery.

The exhibition is a collection of work from four artists, Susan Deakin, Lesley Kerman, Michael Tingle and Linda Looker. All the artists have very different approaches to print making.

Susan Deakin’s works have been exhibited countrywide for over 30 years. She has produced a series of clouds printed on incredibly thin fabric paper, in pale blue and white. They are displayed in Perspex, and stand out from the wall.

Shows a photograph of a print which depicts a group of women in long dresses standing in a row. The print is in black and white.

Photo: Look at me now, etching and aquatint by Lesley Kerman.

"They look like clouds floating across a wall, casting shadows. They are amazing," says Helen Beardsley.

Lesley Kerman exhibits a series of etchings called 'Nine Strong Women'. All based on people she knows, one of them shows a woman wearing a dress of fish and holding a jug of custard.

The prints exhibited by Linda Looker are all inspired by the rich landscapes of Devon and Cornwall. Her strongly coloured prints are a selection of bold, abstract landscapes.

Shows a photograph of a print which depicts a man with a dog in the rain. Very simple forms are used to represent the man, dog and rain. The print is in green, blue and red with a grey background.

Photo: Man Dog Rain, gouache by Michael Tingle.

"Linda Looker’s work is very, very textual. And it is recognisable local themes. If you are from the area, you may recognise the field."

Michael Tingle is a Devon based printmaker whose work has featured in solo shows nationwide. Some of the prints he has on show feature a meteorological theme.

Helen Beardsley says: "He has his own style and his pieces are very humorous. His stuff is really taking off at the moment."

The Oyster Gallery is located on 98 Reddenhill Road, Babbacombe, Torquayand is open everyday except for Sundays and Wednesday afternoons betwen 10.00 and 17.00. For more information click here to visit the gallery's website.

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