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Jeremy Speck Printmaking in Exeter

March 13, 2015

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Jeremy Speck’s work ranges from graphic imagery inspired by artists as diverse as the German Expressionists to Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, through to geometric abstracts, where colours and shapes are overlaid to achieve a balanced and contemplative composition. His main influences, however, are 20th century British artists, in particular Ben Nicholson and the St Ives painters.

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His still-life compositions are a more relaxing aside to the abstract work as they involve a more traditional use of lino and cutting tools, but they still find their inspiration in contrasting shapes and textures.

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He uses mostly use relief print techniques (lino and vinyl) but has recently been exploring open- mesh screen-printing to create more spontaneous expressionistic monoprints. He has been a printmaker for about 10 years, and in that time it has slowly developed from a marginal interest to a passion.

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His studio is at EVA Studios in Marsh Barton, but most of Jeremy’s work is printed at Double Elephant Print Workshop at the Phoenix in the centre of Exeter, where he also teaches relief printmaking.

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Lovely use of line, colour and shape to define some of the forms in his work.

I was wondering where the theme of using a cup in a still life had originated from ? Was it a relatively new trend ? Apparently not, the idea dates way back to BC times when the Egyptians were painting their drinking vessels, and the idea has continued ever since.

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It’s still a great way to create a still life arrangement. Thanks Jeremy for sharing your work with us today.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2015 9:49 am

    What beautiful work! Does Jeremy use multiple plates for all of these ?

    • March 13, 2015 10:02 am

      Good question to which I don’t have an answer Jacqui. You can find him on Twitter or FB if you wish to discover more on the technical process side, he’s very approachable : )

  2. boabee1 permalink
    March 14, 2015 5:38 pm

    Those retro colours took me straight back to my early childhood in the 70’s. Lovely.

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