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First Light River Otter By Steve Manning


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First Light River Otter By Steve Manning [2017]


Lino print printed on Zerkall 145g paper

Edition number 10

Image size: H:24 cm x W:35 cm

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Steve Manning print . Steve comments "One of my favourite places to walk is the Otter Estuary in East Devon. The mood changes with the light, time of day and state of the tide. This image was inspired by an early winter's morning when mist still lay on the marsh."

Steve Manning, artist with Wychwood Art. Steve Manning is an Exeter based print maker who learnt his print making skills at the Double Elephant Print Workshop. He works out of an attic studio commanding fine views of clouds and sky. Steve works predominantly with lino, employing a combination of multi-block and reduction printing to produce spacious landscapes inspired by Devon moorland and estuaries. Reduction printing is a challenging discipline because, as the process progresses, the lino block is gradually destroyed as subsequent layers are cut away. This leaves little room for error and ensures no further prints can be made once the edition is complete. ‘I am particularly interested in skies and clouds and these provide the focus of my images, the cloudscape often informing the overall composition of the completed print. For me the challenge is to render distant vistas and ethereal skies using a medium usually associated with bold blocks of colour. I achieve this by either lightening colours with white or thinning them with extender. The end result is prints which could be described as having a ‘painterly’ quality. Relief printmaking is not a spontaneous discipline. The creation of my prints is a painstaking, frustrating, frequently complicated and an occasionally unsuccessful exercise using a medium not entirely suited to rendering the ephemeral nature of my chosen subject matter! I should be a watercolourist but I love the combination of craft and fine art printmaking offers.’ Steve’s prints are produced in small, limited editions and have been exhibited in many places including the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol. He is a member of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts. To discuss any of Steve Manning's works for sale please call 07799535765 or email

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