Coffee House Exhibitions
A Year of Printmakers
The 2013 Abbot Hall Coffee House displays celebrate Cumbria’s thriving printmaking community. Each display will explore the skill of the printmaker with the opportunity to purchase a unique work of art for your collection.
Raymond Higgs: Constructs
15 October - 21 December 2013
Raymond Higgs creates wood engraving to explore his interest in colour and abstraction over a series of works. He is interested in the hunt for contradictory shapes and in balancing the positive and the negative to create isolated areas of colour. Trained and practised as a painter, since 1981 he has concentrated on printmaking with particular interest in the restrictions of the reduction method of printmaking. This method involves carving into the woodblock to make the first print, then the same woodblock is carved into and another print in made on top of the first. This is repeated until the artist reaches the final print.
Born in Carlisle, Higgs studied at Carlisle College of Art. From there he gained entry to the Royal Academy and has since exhibited his work internationally in Japan, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Spain. His and has work is found in public and private collections throughout within the UK.
- Raymond Higgs, Pinched (detail), 2012, © the artist