John, a Chester-le-Street-based printmaker, uses an aquatint etching process to produce his original hand printed monochrome prints. John’s printmaking process involves making acid-etched metal plates which he individually inks and prints onto high quality paper using a traditional hand press. The limited life of the metal plates means that these are true limited edition prints.
Many of John’s prints are inspired by the landscape and architecture of the North East where he lived as a child and to where he returned 25 years ago after a period studying and working in London.
John took up printmaking after many years working with traditional black and white film photography and is particularly interested in exploring the different possibilities and limitations of the print medium. He is interested in the technique of printmaking; the control over the image through the complex process of repeated masking and aquatinting, acid etching, engraving and then inking and hand printing.