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Alison Read

Alison specialises in hand made original prints using a variety of methods including linocut, screen print, wood cut and etching. The subject matter is quirky, fun and mainly animal humour.  

Alison studied fine art at Newcastle University.  She was subsequently chosen to exhibit in the RCA and then commissioned by Lord Rothschild to make a life-size bronze sculpture of five running dogs.  Despite her success in sculpture,
 she went on to run the Printmaking Workshop at Lincoln University for the next 9 years. Here, Alison completed her MA degree and began exhibiting her own work and now makes her living as a commercial artist printmaker. 

Alison’s upbringing on a farm explains her preoccupation with animals in her work. Cows, cats, dogs and chickens were her constant companions. “Although I love all forms of printmaking, my current favourite is the woodcut, and I attack my plates quite brutally at times,” says Alison. “I am always surprised at how simple they are; just a few lines to denote the essentials. I like the hands-on nature of producing a plate and its immediacy. I don’t keep highly detailed sketchbooks as I use the plate rather than paper to work out ideas. I think this is why my images are quirky, if I plan too much I find this is often lost”.

Here we have just a small sample of Alison's work, so if you can't see the title, or the creature, you are looking for do please call us on
0116 2530313.