About me

I’m primarily an artist printmaker. although I also take photographs, paint a little and make mixed media pieces. This site contains only my own original work. I don’t sell reproductions. You can find my work on other online venues, currently Folksy and Art under £100. I have an Etsy shop [currently closed] where I sell reproductions of various vintage maps, posters and of Japanese woodblock prints. I’m also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Photograph of ship building on River Tyne (c) Ian Bertram Artist

Everett F Wells waiting for launch

 

Printmaking

I have no formal training in art, coming to printmaking via a circuitous route. At University studying planning I took up photography, mainly for course work. That’s also when I did my first sketching. I soon became interested in photography for its own sake. I haven’t stopped clicking the shutter since. This was of course well before digital cameras so I used traditional film and learned to develop and print my own photos. For a time I was a member of the former Spectro Arts Workshop in Newcastle on Tyne where I took several photographic courses.

Digital technology freed me from the darkroom and I started editing my photos digitally. After restoring some old faded slides I moved on from photography to the wider idea of digital media. I used a range of software and a graphics tablet to get the images I wanted.

digital print of sailing ship entering harbour
Into harbour – open edition digital print

I found out about traditional printmaking by chance and started attending a print workshop at my local college (COVID permitting). There I discovered a range of print techniques. I now make collagraph, monotype and drypoint prints. I’ve just invested in a UV Exposure unit for photopolymer etching and cyanotype and I’m looking forward to playing further with that. During lockdown I started experimenting with gel printing. You can find some of that work in the shop. I also make mixed media and collage some of which is also in the shop. Gel printing in particular has given me the chance to explore composition and colour which will I hope feed back into my wider work as an artist printmaker.

gel print
Gel print – 7″ x 5″ (18cm x 15cm)

Some of us attending the workshop now exhibit and promote our work as a group. We don’t have a web page yet, but you can find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/WPrintCreatives and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/WiltshirePrintCreatives

Writing

As well as the artwork you can see here I also write. There is of course a blog on this site, but that is largely about art and site related matters. I have another blog with a much wider range of topics including politics, philosophy, environment, planning and housing. Follow the link below to read it.

https://www.withoutthestate.com/

I’m also currently working on my first novel, which I hope will be completed in the new year. I don’t have a publication date yet but when I do I’ll put it in the blog.

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