Sparrow Print

Fiona Hamilton
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‘Sparrow’ wood engraving by Fiona Hamilton.
Printed on Zerkell smooth white 145gsm.
Engraving measures 5cm x 3cm approx.
Paper size 18cm x 18cm.
Signed, titled and numbered in an edition of 50.

This print depicts a pecking sparrow on a rock, printed in black ink on white paper.

This is an original limited edition wood engraving of a sparrow. It is a detailed art print illustration using fine wood engraving tools on a highly carved piece of boxwood. Printed using an old Gem Letterpress proofing press and an Albion at Spike Print Studio in Bristol. It is printed in black ink onto white Zerkall paper. Please note that this paper is a warm white colour, not cream as it may appear on some screens.

Wood engravings are made by carving into the end grain of a very hard wood such as box, maple or lemonwood and is different to wood cut which uses side grain. Due to the hardness of the material, very fine details can be achieved. This technique was originally used for illustrations in books and newspapers alongside letterpress until metal image blocks arrived. It was revived in inter-war Britain by artists including Eric Ravilious, Agnes Miller Parker and Eric Gill who saw it's potential for artwork.

About the artist:

Fiona Hamilton is a Bristol based printmaker. Her work explores the ecological sublime and an appreciation of the majesty of nature. She uses detailed intaglio etching, drypoint, lithography and chine collé to draw the viewer into an ethereal landscape that has an impact on our sense of place in relation to the natural world. She uses primarily black and white with natural tones of chine collé and sometimes layers of lithographic texture to introduce warmth to the stark palette and to invoke a sublime emotional connection. She works from sketches, photographs, notes and memory to create her prints.

Fiona has an MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking from The University of the West of England (2023). Previously she studied Graphic Fine Art at Canterbury (2002) and established Soma Gallery in 2004.