I am a printmaker living and working in Exeter and member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the South West Academy of Fine Arts.
My preference is for relief printmaking using traditional lino and wherever possible employinig the reduction method, a challenging technique where the block is progressively destroyed as the print advances, leaving little room for error! I draw my inspiration from the natural world and landscapes of vast, overarching skies such as moorland, marsh and estuary endeavouring to capture something of the expanse and freedomn of these places.
I am particularly interested in skies and clouds and these provide the focus of my images, the cloudscape often informing the overall composition of the completed print. For me the challenge is to render distant vistas and ethereal skies using a medium usually associated with bold blocks of colour. I achieve this by either lightening colours with white or thinning them with extender. The end result is prints which could be described as having a ‘painterly’ quality.
Relief printmaking is not a spontaneous discipline. The creation of my prints is a painstaking, frustrating, frequently complicated and an occasionally unsuccessful exercise using a medium not entirely suited to rendering the ephemeral nature of my chosen subject matter! I should be a watercolourist but I love the combination of craft and fine art printmaking offers.
I hope you enjoy viewing my work. I'll add new prints as they become available and any news and exhibition updates in the News section. You can also follow me on Instagram @stevemanningprints.
My work can be seen in the following galleries:
ACE Arts, Somerton, Somerset.
Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum shop, Exeter
Lyme Bay Arts Symondsbury Gallery, Symondsbury Estate Bridport.
Wychwood Art, Oxfordshire (online gallery)
My work has been exhibited at:
South West Academy Open
South West Printmakers Open
Delamore Arts Summer Exhibition
Devon Printmakers Exhibition
Doddiscombliegh Art Fair
Devon Artists Network show
Simonsbath Arts Festival printmakers show
Big Colyton Art Show
Torbay Grammar Arts Show
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Exeter Art Show, Maynards School
Broadway Arts Festival, Glos.
My work has also featured on a set of notelets produced for the National Trust.
Royal West of England Academy (RWA) pre selection 2018
RWA selected and hung 2019 Open Exhibtion.
2016 - South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts Open Exhibion: awarded the Lionel Aggett prize for my lino cut 'Summer Fields'.
2018 - South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts Open Exhibiton: awarded the Brewin Dolphin prize for best original print ('Turn of the Tide')