On display till 28th February 2024
Our Winter Exhibition brings together an incredible mix of local and national talented Artists including our very own Jenny Gunning, Dave Gunning and Liz Gunning as well as featured Artists Mark Lord, Sam Davis, James Millipchamp.
Below we give you an insight into our Artists and the work you can expect to find in the exhibition…
Growing up, I was surrounded by printmaking, thanks to my lifelong printmaker father and art teacher Mom. The sights, sounds, and smells of ink, etching plates, and printing presses were my daily companions. At the age of 7, I created my first aquatint etching, a majestic whale, and that first-ever print reveal had me hooked for life.
As a child, I dreamed of becoming a printmaker. Drawing all the time. That childhood dream became my reality. Creating art isn’t just a choice for me; it’s an intrinsic part of who I am. I constantly produce new work because it’s a compulsion I can’t resist.
I permanently exhibit my work in my beautiful Gallery here in Ironbridge, which we have had for 18 years, before that I had a small Gallery in Ironbridge and before that, I was at the top of my garden.
This new body of work was inspired by a visit to Egypt last Autumn.
‘Winning an Art Prize at school when I was twelve inspired me even then to one day visit and work among the ancient sites of Egypt. The prize was a book about Ancient Egypt, it had many pictures and much information for a young boy to wonder over. Nearly six decades later I ventured on one of the most magical trips of a lifetime, The Nile and its treasures did not disappoint. We go back again next year to look and explore more of this wonderous ancient civilization’s legacy’. For the first time the artist has combined painting with etching, gold leaf and other
techniques to produce this body of work. A large steel etched piece reflects how much impact the great Pyramid had on the artist.’ All the work starts ‘on site’ where drawings are made and then finished back in the studio. I do not take photographs or work from them and never have done. Drawings and mixed media works seen here have taken several months to complete.
The artist has exhibited widely since the mid 1970’s. He has his work in many leading private and public collections. The most prestigious being National Museum of Wales, The Palace of Westminster, London and The Queens Collection at Windsor Castle. Four months before Her Majesty the Queen sadly passed, she accepted another set of Dave’s Megalithic etchings into the Royal collection. These works have been available to see at Windsor over the past few months and will be shown at the gallery next year and be part of a touring show travelling to several museums in Great Britain. Venues and dates to be announced soon!
“My photography always returned to the idea of a good life: the artisans who still make and work in a natural, hands-on way. Fishermen, bakers, makers: I wanted to claim that analogue life for myself, and traditional printmaking offered me the opportunity.”
Mark Lord aka Lino Lord, is a professional photographer whose 22-year career behind the camera led to a passion for capturing the essence of the natural world, his heritage growing up on the Cornish coast and the people that look after their small corner of the world. In 2019 he set up a studio space at home & started carving a few lino blocks. After the COVID pandemic temporarily put a hold on his photography career he was able to spend more time in his print studio rather than behind a camera.
“I’m Cornish born and bred, as are my parents and grandparents before me. I grew up in a small village a couple of miles from Falmouth, too far away to hear the sea perhaps but certainly close enough for it to play a huge part in my life. I’m neither a fisherman or sailor but that doesn’t stop the feeling of connection to the rolling waves and rugged shores that I think every Cornishman shares”. Lino Lord prints lean into the rich history of craft from Cornwall, embracing timeless techniques to capture fascinating natural and iconic imagery. From the naive folk art of rural England to the St Ives school of artists, retro-chic contemporary objects, and simple Scandinavian design, Lino Lord’s work embodies a natural, distinctive style.
‘The joy of printmaking for me is rooted in the traditional tools and time honored techniques that create beautiful, affordable art for every wall. Each print is entirely handmade by me – from the first sketch, to inking the lino and turning the wheel of the press. I enjoy the honest, analogue process and no two prints are ever the same’
Mark has since started spreading his love of lino printing by teaching others how to develop their skills & get creative. Mark enjoys sharing the skills he has developed over the last 5 years with his students, from drafting the design, carving the lino & printing the final artwork. Mark finds that inspiring others to start their journey with printmaking is particularly a rewarding part of his own printmaking journey.
In October 2023 in partnership with Ironbridge Printmakers Mark launched his very own Lino Lord relief printing kit which is available in the Ironbridge shop and on the website. He is delighted his kits are already being enjoyed from Lands End to LA.
James is an artist and educator, working from his own studio in Shropshire. He grew up and studied in Wolverhampton and achieved an MA in Fine Art. He has exhibited across the region and nationally and recently completed a residency at the School of Art, University of Wolverhampton. James curates and has organised many exhibitions around the West Midlands and beyond. He is Head of Art at Shrewsbury High School.
Millichamp’s work captivates with its fusion of bold aesthetics and thought-provoking concepts. Renowned for his distinctive approach to artistic expression, Millichamp seamlessly blends various mediums and techniques, creating compositions that are both visually striking and intellectually engaging.
Recently James won the Belle Vue Art Competition in 2023
The Wonderful Wales Collection is a culmination of several years of landscape photography across Wales. The collection aims to show the beauty of the Welsh landscape in its various forms, while giving the viewer the sense and feeling of being in the landscape as the photographer was.
“I grew up in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park near Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Surrounded by natural outdoor beauty I have always been a very outdoors person. I love travelling and seeing different landscapes and cultures around the work. While most of my career has been purely scientific, I use photography as a creative outlet.”
“After university in Leeds, I embarked on a round the world trip which included south east Asia, Australia, New Zealand, USA and a year in Canada. Since then I have had a long stint in Bath, UK, followed by another trip with my wife around south east asia and settling in New Zealand for nearly 3 years. We now live in Four Crosses, Powys, near the border with Shropshire.”
“My photographic style varies hugely, from black and white studio portraits to outdoor extreme sports. My real passion is being outdoors and spotting rare wildlife when there is no one else around. At the same time, I love interacting with people and learning about their ideas, projects, and transform these into a finished piece using visual storytelling. When photographing landscapes, I use a variety of techniques to try and represent not only the view, but the feeling of standing in that space.”
“In my ceramic creations, I tap into an inner well of creativity. Navigating the artistic process, I surrender to the influences of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.
I believe that the Earth provides us with the foundational clay, Water enables the smooth manipulation of the clay and glaze mixing, and Air supplies the oxygen for the transformative magic within the kiln.
The colors in my work hold symbolic meaning. The greens, reminiscent of a winter meadow and festive Christmas trees, convey warmth. Yellows and oranges evoke the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, capturing the essence of the sun rising and setting. Reds signify the current season — a cold winter, festive celebrations with Santa’s outfit, and red berries providing nourishment for birds. Each element and color holds significance, creating a narrative within my ceramics that reflects the beauty and meaning inspired by nature.”
Discover new works from our Core Artists including Paul Gooderham, Liz Simmons, Diana Wayne and Greg Anston-Race.
Our Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
We look forward to seeing you!