We are very excited to welcome full-time printmaker Mike Allison to Ironbridge Fine Arts with an exhibition in 2021!
Mike is located at the Ruskin Glasshouse in Stourbridge. He studied at Winchester School of Art, graduating in 1992 and completed an MA at De Montfort University in Leicester in 2005. In 2015, Mike started a series of prints based in and around Birmingham that he called 100 Views of Birmingham. One of the initial inspirations for the series came from Atagawa Hiroshige’s series 100 Views of Edo completed in the 1850s. The fresh and unusual compositions employed by Hiroshige have particularly influenced Mike as he journeys through the city of Birmingham looking for potential views. Mike works in relief printmaking methods such as engraving and linocut. He combines these processes with monotype to create complex multi-layered prints.
Mike’s prints are a celebration of a city, observing how the light and the seasons are reflected in Birmingham’s diverse buildings and spaces. The exhibition will comprise of 30 of Mike’s most recent views of Birmingham.