This new exhibition of etchings and watercolours by the Royal Academician Norman Ackroyd opens in September at Eames Fine Art Gallery, just around the corner from Norman’s own studio, on Bermondsey Street in London. Norman has been exhibiting with Eames Fine Art for over ten years and this new exhibition will be a wonderful reflection on how Norman’s work is sensitive to the story, the history and the shared consciousness of a landscape. It is his desire to always truly know a space and ‘read a landscape’ that allows him to produce such poignant and beautiful work.
Norman will be exhibiting a series of etchings and watercolours of some of his favourite and most iconic landscapes that he has revisited over the past two years; from Anvil Rock, Shetland, to St. Kilda in the Outer Hebrides and as close to home as The Shard and the London skyline. He has returned to these places to rediscover and to capture the landscapes with a fanatical enthusiasm. Alongside each work is a panel written by Norman, explaining the history or the story of the landscape. Twelve of these new etchings will be selected to form Norman’s 2019 box-set to be launched this Autumn, entitled ‘Reading the Landscape’. This exhibition will be the first preview of this new box-set.
The exhibition will place a particular focus on Blacksod Bay in County Mayo, Ireland. Norman first visited here in 2000. This Summer, Norman is returning to the same area to create a new series of etchings and watercolours. We look forward to seeing Norman’s latest works alongside the etchings from his earlier visit nearly 20 years ago to discover what changes appear in his work over the years.
Norman is happy to give interviews to publications interested in doing a feature on this exhibition. More high-resolution images are available from Rebecca Eames at Eames Fine Art.
‘I like to know the stories about a place when I visit it; my job is really just about picture-making, which I can do by instinct when I’m really familiar with the history and the
story of a landscape.’
About the artist: Norman Ackroyd attended the Leeds College of Art and then trained at the Royal College of Art where he studied under Julian Trevelyan. He produces works in a range of media but is most prolific in etching and is one of Britain’s most famous contemporary printmakers. He will take ink, plate and acid into the field in order to, as he puts it, get to the root of ’the things that stirred me’. The metal plate can be worked on directly, the acid painted on as if a watercolour, and the ‘bite’ stopped by a quick rinse in a stream or a wipe on the wet grass, giving a freedom and immediacy which produces truly captivating images. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1988, was made Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 2000 and was made CBE for services to engraving and printing in 2007. He lives and works in London.
About the gallery: The founders of Eames Fine Art, Rebecca and Vincent Eames, are both qualified art historians and share a real passion for 20th and 21st century art. They met studying History of Art at UCL and went on to gain extensive experience in the London art and design market before setting up their own business as private art dealers in 2004. Specialising in the work of established masters of modern and contemporary art, Eames Fine Art deals mainly in original works on paper; particularly original etchings, lithographs and drawings.
For more information and pictures please contact Rebecca Eames at Eames Fine Art directly on 0207 407 6561 / [email protected]