Michael Papworth at Church Street Gallery, Saffron Walden
* "Under the moonlight" is a new hand drawn lithograph specially created by Michael for Church Street Gallery's Exhibition
Having always been fascinated in the relationship between sky and land and how a calm or dramatic scene can be created, Michael uses texture, colour and the unique process of lithography to recreate this and tell a story of a forever-changing landscape. You will often see a single tree in his work and although that may at first appear to be quite a simple scene, it is always striking and creates a reaction.
From 2008 to 2011 Michael was employed at The Curwen Studio, at Chilford Hall in Cambridge, as a studio printmaker, where he worked to create original, hand drawn lithographs alongside artists such as Paula Rego, Angie Lewin, Mark Hearld and was the printer for HRH The Prince of Wales and also for Rolf Harris, who Michael found most inspirational to work with - after a day spent with Mr Harris, hearing his endless stories and songs, Michael would find himself going straight to the drawing board to create a new lithograph.
Living just outside Cambridge and growing up next to fields means Michael is surrounded by the subject he enjoys drawing the most. Every day he sees a new landscape that he has never noticed before. Michael says: “I was once told that people who have purchased my work often find themselves driving through the countryside and spotting a ‘Michael Papworth tree’!”
Thursday 7th June, 5 - 9pm
Tel. 01799 522947
8 -21st June 2012
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