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Jane Walker Printmaker

July 15, 2019

Artist and pintmaker Jane Walker studied Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. She creates beautiful still life paintings and Linocuts often in small runs of about 12 per print. Her love of 1950’s textiles and ceramics shines out through her work.

She creates cards for The Blank Card Company and prints for The Castle Gallery in Inverness, amongst other places.

Here are a few watercolours.

Her work has a calm serenity and even the fruit sometimes appears as a picasso-esque form, flattened to exist within its angular surroundings.

Jane works using a reduction technique, where more detail is initially carved away from the lino block prior to each subsequent colour being printed. Leaving the lino block with the last, usually darkest colour, taking up a tiny area of the block. In this way the design can only be used once and the number of prints are limited by how many are created during the process.

There’s a strong graphical element to Jane’s work, and in her newer prints, the still life has become flatter and more two dimensional.

I really like her inclusion of textiles, pattern and form. Some vases appear over and over in the still life painting which makes me think Jane draws what she sees before her.

We can see from jane’s images that she has a great collection of vases and pots.

Like the Ken Eardley floral vases above, which also appear in the framed print with pears.

The more I look at Jane’s work the more detail I notice. Shadows overlapping areas and changing it’s hue, or a bright pop of a colour which ‘sings out’ like the cherries above.

Stunning work. Do drop by her online gallery and treat yourself to a print. Which still life is your favourite and why ?

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