"Local engraver and naturalist, Thomas Bewick (1753 – 1828) published his first volume of the History of British Birds in 1797. His reputation travelled far and wide and, a year before his death, the American naturalist John James Audubon came to visit Bewick. Bewick helped Audubon who went on to publish his acclaimed ‘Birds of America’ which includes a now rare bird the ‘Bewick Wren’ named after his friend and supporter.
Specimen Colony by Alec Finlay hints at this connection with his flat-pack bird box prints taking their inspiration from international postage stamps, many which reproduce Audubon’s famous illustrations.
This exhibition takes a contemporary view and includes works by Craigie Aitchison, Elizabeth Blackadder. Stephen Chambers, Alec Finlay, Angela Harding, Anita Klein, Sara Ogilvie, Joe Tilson & Fiona Watson and demonstrates a variety of printmaking techniques including screenprinting, etching & relief printing."
See Northern Print website for more details.
Illustrated: Medlar Medler, screenprint by Stephen Chambers.