Melvyn Evans, Helen Murgatroyd and Liz Somerville all use lino cut in their print making practice, adapting the method to their purpose they create prints diverse in size, subject matter, palette and saturation.
Helen Murgatroyd makes print editions on the themes of food, still life imagery and the domestic everyday. Inspired in part by the ideals of cottage industries her practice explores repetition and small-scale mass production. Working mainly in linocut she also constructs tools and hand-built contraptions, adapting traditional print processes to enable reproduction of her drawings. Helen did an MA in printmaking at the Royal College of Art and lives and prints in Bude, Cornwall.
Liz Somerville lives in Dorset and the contours, tracks and fields of this landscape inspire her linocuts. Liz works on a large scale and she doesn’t have a press so uses a wooden spoon instead! It works well and gives her the freedom to work at whatever scale she likes. For the same reason she uses painted blocks of colour. These unconventional techniques are very much a means to an end and as a result each piece is unique.
Melvyn Evans studied Illustration at Exeter College of Art and Design, he studied further at Goldsmiths College and took drawing classes at the Royal College of Art. He has been a professional artist, printmaker and illustrator since 1992. Melvyn explores the connections between the aural traditions, allegory and folklore surrounding the British landscape. His work is also concerned with the point at which the figurative meets the abstract.