Iona Howard


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Artist's StatementMy prints use figuration and abstraction to portray the landscape of places I know well. The sources can come from working in the open air or expressing landscape filtered through memory. The physicality of my approach to the printing process combined with a contemplative exploration of surface makes the subject spontaneous and vibrant whilst capturing an intimate connection with the landscape.

I have lived on the Fen Edge near Cambridge for the last twenty years and the focus of my work is the meeting point of land, horizon and sky, their flatness altering the perception of distance. The big East Anglian sky is not the dominating feature. Instead, the texture of black soil in the foreground reaches up and away to the unnaturally even furrows of an intensively farmed field. Hay stubble can be picked out across its surface, with the thready detail of telegraph pole, hedgerow and outhouse on the horizon.

My limited edition prints are hand pulled on an etching press. I predominantly use carborundum, a technique where a mix of a binder and carborundum grit is applied onto the surface of a plate and inked up. It provides highly embossed, velvety textures and rich, dense tones. To contrast the carborundum, drypoint is added to produce an incised line, which is characteristically thin, linear and precise. I print to the edge of the paper to leave the composition as unconstrained as the landscapes from which I seek inspiration.
In recent years my work has been selected and shown with the Society of Women Artists, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and art galleries throughout England.

Art StyleContemporary, Monochrome

Art SubjectsLandscape, Coastal, Nature, Fens

Art Materialsink, paper

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