Liz Somerville

George III rides away - hand-coloured linocut

 A series of relief prints, linocuts and woodcuts, combined with painted blocks of colour.  Unique works on paper intensely invoking the landscape of Dorset.

Liz Somerville graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1988 with a degree in textile design and, after living and working in London, moved to Dorset in 2004 to concentrate on her printmaking.

Inspired by the simplicity and ‘Englishness’ of Eric Ravillious and Edward Bawden’s work, and the ever-changing countryside surrounding the studio, her imagery concentrates on landscape and the incidental forms and structures found within it. Her most recent work explores the texture, rhythm and muscularity of land.
‘Printmaking has always been a love of mine. I’ve played with lots of different techniques and relief printing, linocuts and woodcuts combined with painted blocks of colour, is, for me, the most satisfactory method. Living in Dorset, landscape is a central theme and the winter the best time to see it; plough and livestock tracks, oddly shaped fields, quirky colour. I like flow, lyricism and mark-making. I don’t have a press as I like to work large, so I use a wooden spoon instead. It works very well and gives me the freedom to work at more or less whatever scale I want to. I use paint instead of printed blocks of colour, for the same reason. The upshot of this is that each piece is unique; eventually, over a period of years, up to 15 (sometimes 20) versions of each piece is made, instead of a numbered edition. These techniques are very much a means to an end; the overall effect is what I’m after, I’m no slave to convention.’     Liz Somerville, 2016

Jagged Edge - hand-coloured linocut

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