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Eric Gaskell Landscapes and waterscapes

April 11, 2016

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I first came across the splendid work of Eric Gaskell whilst looking at some images of waterways and canals on google. His Narrowboat print stood out from the cover of a book on the subject and I was then instantly placed on a mission to track his work down. Look at these wonderful lino cut prints.

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Such depth and colour. I can really feel the skies reflection in the print above and I love Eric’s stylised watery movement too.

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Eric was born in Wigan, England in 1957 and studied painting and printmaking at Wigan College and Sunderland University. He left art college in 1980 winning two painting scholarships, one to New York and one to Istanbul, as well as the Sunderland Echo Fine Art prize.

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Eric has a wealth of styles kept under his ‘artistic belt’, including sketching, water-colour, ink work, lino-cut, painting to name but a few. These sketches show what an accomplished artist he is. Such confident lines and flowing movement.

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Many images from Eric’s travels appear in his work. Sometimes ink lines, sometimes water-colours and

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sometimes they find their way onto Lino.

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I hope Eric won’t be offended if I said that I can definitely see elements of Raoul Dufy in his work.

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Also a smattering of David Hockney too. I wonder if these artists were sub-conscious influences, if at all ?

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Eric says “I have been painting and exhibiting since 1980 and believe good draftsmanship is a prerequisite of good art and I always have a drawing book in use, drawing from life and experience. Generally the “life” helps to realise form and structure, while the “experience” lets me move ideas forward.

My work is about the process of making a picture. I let the works swap ideas each picture influencing the next. When an idea, a mark, or a colour works on one, I use it on others. I work on board (mdf) were I like to feel the resistance of the surface and I use acrylics which lets me reform the painting, block out areas and change colour balances fast, but I also use canvas and oil, when the picture lets me. I am interested in letting the picture develop from within itself. Allowing shape and colour, texture and mark to suggest the next, letting the image dictate and change the form. The lino cut has become an important part of my work, where the graphic and immediate mark-making suit the way I think. So far.”

More aerial views of rolling hills for our delight.

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And finally, some coloured-pencil trees and wonderful watery meanderings as prints. See more on Eric’s Facebook page and do say hello from me when you visit : )

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2016 8:00 am

    Very good..will revisit this post for sure.

    • April 11, 2016 8:50 am

      Thanks Victoria, great to hear. Lovely movement in the water isn’t there.

  2. Cindi L. permalink
    April 11, 2016 9:33 am

    Oh my gosh–these are wonderful! So much inspiration here!!

  3. April 11, 2016 2:32 pm

    Thank you for posting this such wonderful work.I like his website it is really good to be able to see his sketchbooks.

    • April 12, 2016 5:08 am

      Thanks Tracy, yes I agree. Sketchbooks can be such an insight into an artist’s mind that they’re not always open to being viewed… always fascinating when they are though. Thanks for your comments.

  4. April 11, 2016 3:20 pm

    Wow! What a way to start the week off, Craig! Firstly, the ‘shapes’ moving water takes on due to the movement or lack thereof, I never thought much about it, but here it is! And the light reflecting on the water and buildings, the shadows and those strong colors… well, I was struck by that. Then moving on to the ink washes, and then I fell in love with the calm woodland sketches. Then those soft, loose watercolor moods of the landscapes and vistas… loved them too… I was booking a getaway! But then the bright, color-saturated shapes appeared and I was almost blown out of my squeaky desk chair! Fantastic! Just for THAT blast of color I will leave this post centered on my screen today! The pencil-colored trees were a delight, and I will never look at water again the same old way! Eric Gaskell does striking and beautiful work, and I am totally inspired by his talent. You can tell him I said so.

    • April 11, 2016 9:53 pm

      Thanks Joy, I’ll make sure he reads this for himself.. great thoughts and so wonderfully shared too : )

  5. alibrookes permalink
    April 13, 2016 10:32 pm

    Fabulous work! Where do you start? I love the Lino prints, the aerial views, the Raoul Dufy inspired pieces, especially the seaside ones and the watery meandering prints, which would make brilliant fabrics…I could go on and on. Wonderful!

    • April 16, 2016 8:34 am

      Hi Ali. So glad you liked Eric’s work too, and thanks for letting me know. Love the enthusiastic comments… are you still designing and creating yourself ?

      • alibrookes permalink
        April 16, 2016 6:53 pm

        Yes, I’m still designing and creating, albeit in a small way. I’m learning the complexities of Ai and Ps at the moment – it’s a steep learning curve!

  6. Cindi L permalink
    April 15, 2016 9:18 pm

    I think this is my favorite post ever! Thank you for introducing me to Eric’s beautiful and inventive works.

    • April 16, 2016 8:35 am

      Wow Cindi, you’re most fav post ever… I’m delighted to have made the connection for you then. Eric will be pleased too I’m certain.

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