100 Views of Birmingham
Metro Travelling Companions
This is my most recent edition. It is an edition of 25 and is the last (for now) of my prints that are taken from around St Phillips square.
This print combines relief and intaglio, employing the same techniques of drypoint and engraving that I used on The Rotunda print.
I'm pleased with the way it ducks in and out of light and shade. I also like the fact that almost half of the print is taken up by what is essentially a back wall with garage door.
In choosing to do 100 views of Birmingham, there are certain subjects that you know you will come to. The many different places of worship, the city centre landmarks and of course the canal system are all currently vying for my attention.
In selecting views I will often look at Hiroshige's views of Edo for a connection. Although my style and techniques are significantly different there are strong connections, not least of which is the act of looking and then selecting.
I am lining up this canal view in particular because it reflects the industrial and still 'unpicturesque' nature of much of Birmingham's canals but also because of its strong connection with the Hiroshige print pictured above. I particularly like the dark blue grey that has been used and will look to create inside the tunnel with a similar colour.
This is the latest proof of Curzon St Station. I have a bit more to do in the middle distance just in front of the station.
I like the largely monoprinted areas of the print on the right hand side.
Alongside the Curzon St Station print I've also been working on another view of St Phillips. This one I've called St Phillips Glimpsed because it is really about seeing the cathedral through the anonymous backs of some of the other grand buildings that surround it on the square.
Printmaker on a mission. 100 + prints of Brum inspired by Hiroshige.