Rob Barnes

I trained as a painter-printmaker at Hull College of Art and Design in the 1960s. After a career teaching printmaking, first at Keswick Hall College, Norwich, then at The University of East Anglia, I retired and I now have my own studio.
My prints are mainly linocuts and occasionally etchings. Coloured etchings are created on steel plate, etched with nitric acid and aquatint added. More recently, I have returned to lino cutting as I enjoy the strongly physical process of cutting and hand-inking. These linocuts are printed on a large Columbian Press of 1856. The press now lives in a friend’s barn in Suffolk and provides a good morning’s printing for two of us and is probably a good excuse for a pub lunch after.
My work is almost always about light, shape and shadow within landscapes and seascapes. I am particularly inspired by Aldeburgh, Snape and parts of North Norfolk. I like nothing better than to let ideas grow as I find shapes and colours in the landscape. My recent linocuts are inspired by old boats and the debris surrounding them. Linocuts are usually printed in three layers, the first two of these using blended colours.

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