HILLS, MILLS AND HOUSES
We are all looking forward to our next Solo Show in Heart Gallery … this one is bringing you new pen and ink work from one of our favourite artists Clare Caulfield.
Clare is a Yorkshire based Artist and Printmaker who graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Surface Pattern Design from Staffordshire University in 2000. Combining the processes of drawing, painting, collage and various printmaking techniques Clare captures the excitement, life and vibrancy of many of the world’s most enticing cities including Paris, New York, Venice, Rome, London, Sydney and Prague. The magic of each location being recreated in Clare’s very distinctive and appealing illustrative style of working.
Drawing has always been a very important part of Clare’s work. She is fascinated by architecture be it the Midtown skyscrapers of Manhattan, The Grand Canal in Venice or simply capturing Parisian life outside a brightly canopied pavement cafe, she strives to create spontaneous lively line work. Clare uses her sketchbook and camera to record and capture her experiences whist visiting each of these cities, on returning to the studio she then interprets this information to produce her quirky pen and watercolour and mixed-media paintings. For Clare the initial pen drawing is the most important part of the whole process needing to achieve a lively and fluid quality of line. From the initial marks on the paper, Clare chooses not to plan out her composition in pencil first, but to always work directly in pen from the beginning.
Closer to home Clare has turned her attention to the historic Shambles of York, County Arcade in Leeds, the wonderful East Coast and the beautiful architecture to be found within Saltaire Village: Salts Mill, The United Reformed Church, the shop fronts of Victoria Road and the cobbles of Albert Terrace have all been interpreted in her instantly recognisable style.
Clare’s love of drawing and use of line lend themselves perfectly to her work as a printmaker. She produces her handmade original prints at West Yorkshire Print Workshop where she also teaches weekend screenprint courses. Screen printing allows Clare to transfer the lively original drawings often taken directly from her sketchbook produced whilst on her travels, onto both paper and canvas enabling her prints to maintain this great sense of spontaneity. Within many of her screenprints Clare combines elements of hand painted acrylic and watercolour resulting in each print being a truly individual piece in itself.
Clare also produces drypoint prints, a method of intaglio printmaking as she enjoys the rich velvety line quality it achieves. The prints are created by firstly drawing the image by scratching directly onto the plate with a sharp needle. For each print made the plate is re-coated with ink and then carefully wiped each time therefore every print is original and unique. Only small editions can be made as the plate wears down very quickly during the printing process. Some of these prints also combine elements of chiné colle allowing Clare to introduce subtle areas of colour and texture into her compositions.
HILLS, MILLS AND HOUSES will be a collection of Clare’s originals depicting Hebden Bridge, Haworth and Saltaire in her own distinctive and appealing style. The preview evening is by invitation only so please do call in to Heart Gallery to collect your invitation if you want to come along, meet Clare and see her new work of our area.