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Crashing Waves

Date made: 2009

Artist: Maddrell, David

Description: A view of the coast between Port Grenaugh and Santon Gorge, a beautiful stretch of coastline. The bright sunshine combined with stormy seas, strong contrasts and subtle atmospherics are an ideal subject for the medium of monotype. A great scene to capture the feeling of those vital coastal walks that blow the cobwebs away.

‘Monotypes are made using a blank bevel edged printing plate to which I apply an oil based printing ink by rolling, painting, drawing and sponging on the surface. This extensive additive/subtractive process continues until the image begins to emerge and can then be refined to the point at which I am ready to print.
The plate is then run through an etching press at slightly less pressure than taking a print from an etched plate. This is due to the dampened paper lifting the ink from the surface rather than from the recesses of an etched plate.

Once through the press the blankets are rolled back, tissue lifted away and the printing paper peeled up to reveal the print. A dramatic moment of truth, has the print been realised?
The technique of monotyping as the name implies is a printing process by which only 1 print may be produced. There is no going back to try again, these prints are truly limited.’ David Maddrell, 2009

David Maddrell is a Manx born artist. He studied art education at Castle Rushen High School, before attending a Foundation Course at the Douglas College of Further Education. In 1990, Maddrell studied a Fine Art Degree at the University of Sunderland. He began his career as a full-time artist in 1999 and had his first solo exhibition locally, in the summer of 1999, at the Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin - whilst also exhibiting regularly at the Courtyard Gallery (of which Norman Sayle was patron), before taking up an artist residency there. His residency at the Courtyard Gallery allowed the artist to bring his glass work skills to the fore and resulted in his first major exhibition based around his glasswork. In 2001, Maddrell represented the Isle of Man at the InterCeltic Festival in Lorient, Brittany.

As a professional artist Maddrell works in a wide variety of media including both 2D & 3D, pastel, paint, printmaking, and stained glass. More recently digital collage and painting has become his media of choice; this incorporates many aspects honed through the time-honoured traditional techniques. The gravitas of the landscape pastel, the jewel-like colour of the stained-glass panel, the graphic potency of the print is all to be found within his digital works.

Measurements: artwork: 41 cm x 41 cm; overall: 66 cm x 65 cm

Materials: ink, paper

Object name: monotype

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 2009-0073

Subject tags : #artgallerywall


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