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A murmuration in Gowland Lane

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Michael Atkin.

A murmuration in Gowland Lane.
I’ve always been fascinated by the gathering of starlings ‘a murmuration’, and was delighted to see such a gathering in Gowland Lane. The speed at which they change direction, the movement they achieve was breathtaking, and so they were committed to the etching plate. It was early evening, bit of a thunderous cloud formation which added to the spectacle.
Hand printed in a limited edition onto hand made paper.

Size: H:40.5 cm x W:27.5 cm

Michael Atkin prints are available to buy online and in our art gallery with Wychwood Art. Michael Atkin creates limited edition etchings, lino prints, fine art books and wood engravings. Images are figurative, narrative and located in the Yorkshire countryside. It is an imagined or remembered place. In the more vigorous of these country idylls; opposites are composed, reconciled: shadow and sunlight, water and woodland, valley and hillside.I have a blurred map of connections, of things seen, things read, places visited and other things, which once amalgamated form the imagery I conceive and commit to print. The landscape is imagined as an assemblage pieced together with vivid elements. People are dwarfed by the landscape. Images evolve from brief outline sketches made in sketchbooks. The desired composition is etched with nitric acid onto copper plates or cut into lino-blocks or end grain boxwood as engravings. The variety of mediums used by Michael requires a constant reappraisal of the image to be portrayed. With the recent addition of wood engraving, Michael wishes to add even greater detail to his work. With over 40 years experience in printmaking Michael is convinced that prints which are handmade have a bright and prosperous future. Self employed artist printmaker since 1974. Founded my own 'Private Press' in 1974 entitled 'Bracken press'. Education:- Middlesbrough College of Art (Foundation) Maidstone College of Art. (Dip. A.D.) Liverpool Polytechnic.(A.T.D.) Des Beaux Arts, Paris Skills:- Etching, Block printing, Wood engraving, Artist's Books, Publishing. Work Experience:- Thomas Ross & Co. Ltd (Printer of antiquarian engravings.) Petersburg Press, London (Printer of artists etchings.) Ebenezer Press, Kent (Studio assistant, books/ etchings/ Lino-prints) Atellier Bellini, Paris (Commissioner of artists prints.) Atellier du Chapitre, Paris (Gallery Manager) To discuss works by Michael Atkin please contact deborah@wychwoodart.com or call 07799 535765 / 01869 338155.

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