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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Silk Top Hat Gallery - Don Smith Artist in Residence, 3rd December

Don Smith will visit the Gallery's Christmas Exhibition for an artist-in-residence on Saturday 3rd December 2016, 11.00am - 4.00pm, where he will demonstrate how he creates his drypoint etchings.  Why not drop in.
Above: 'Willow Tree and Meadows, Early Spring, Ludlow'
Don Smith’s distant views of Ludlow placing the landmarks of the town’s architecture in their pastoral setting have proved popular since he first exhibited his prints here over ten years ago.  He tells us, ‘my prints, as ever, are about Ludlow and its relationship with its surrounding landscape.  This relationship emphasises the angular nature of buildings set against the softer and more broken character of nature.  In pictorial terms my subject is dominated by the interplay of the variety of space and form in the ensuing whole.  Sometimes it is the angular forms of buildings that dominate the landscape and at other times it is the softer sculpturing of the landscape that is most evident.  Whatever the emphasis it is the relationship of man with nature that the printed image is endeavouring to resolve.’

His use of dry point roulette produces a continuous tone on the copper plate to hold the inks forming the image.  To control the marks this creates he varies the level of tone using a burnisher to polish the lighter tones in the manner of mezzotinting.  The whole gives a softer image quality than regular acid etching.

Don Smith trained at Laird School of Art, Birkenhead and Liverpool Regional College of Art.   He gained a National Diploma in Design (Painting) and an Art Teachers Diploma and was Principal Lecturer in Art Education at Didsbury College of Education and Manchester Polytechnic.  His work is represented in several public as well as private collections and he has undertaken book illustration for London University.

Our Christmas Exhibition continues, with new work from regulars including Tamsin Bridge and David Stoves, others such as sculptor Tania Mosse and wood engraver Kathleen Littler are showing here for the first time. The shelves at Isaac Smart's are laden once more, its new frontage ornamented with new planters kindly provided by specialist builder Alan Middleton.
Exhibition open Tuesday - Saturday 11.00 - 4.00pm

Silk Top Hat Gallery
Quality Square, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AR
(01584 875363)

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