Kevin Holdaway – artist of the day

Today we have Kevin Holdaway:

Distant Gherkin Old View South, New York Athenean Rooftops with Lykavittos 1 of 13

Kevin is the Chief Technician at De Montfort University and has been the Senior Technical Instructor in Printmaking, since 1990. He teaches a wide range of traditional printmaking techniques including: relief, screen printing and intaglio, and enjoys passing on his skills to others who share his passion for print.

Though mainly working with imagery of a topological and personal nature, his work encompasses all traditional techniques in printmaking, and on a wide variety of subject matter. An enthusiasm for the urban environment, cityscapes, and architecture, creates a clear foundation for much of his work. The majority of prints explore one of four cities: Leicester, London, Athens, or New York. Each being cities Kevin has either visited or spent prolonged periods in, and each having effected him differently.

He works his experiences of these environments into image form: with the intention of perhaps reflecting his initial feelings on first contact; or the memories he associates with these spaces now. What might appear to be an extremely technical study of a cityscape is never just that, Kevin works with his own original fragmented imagery, re-adjusting the angles by measurements that might not be obvious to recognise, but nevertheless allow him to subtly reconstruct and bend the world around him. His prints are made up of many components, some are of a topographical nature, others are more concerned with monumentalism, but all of his works explore pattern, tone, historical context, artistic references and social comment.

Find more of his work here: www.kevintraditionalprintmaker.co.uk

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