IDBURY PRINTS

BARRY COTTRELL (English / 1953-)

Barry Cottrell is the foremost engraver on copper in Britain today. After studying psychology and philosophy at Oxford University, Cottrell attended the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, where he won the Ruskin Drawing Prize. It was while studying at the Ruskin that he learned to engrave from Jean Lodge, who herself had been taught by Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17. Cottrell's work is therefore in the direct lineage of Hayter's great revival of engraving, and transformation of it from a means of transcribing and intepreting works by others into an independent branch of original printmaking. Barry Cottrell still uses a burin made for him by Jean Lodge, forged precisely to fit his hand. Barry Cottrell's early work from the 1980s is figurative, with a delightful touch of fantasy. After a break from engraving in the 1990s he returned to the burin in a mood to explore the sheer physical delight of 'the poetry of the driven line', to create his extraordinary and subtle series of semi-abstract arabesques Lines in Time. He describes these immensely skilled works as "pure energy translated into line".

See also:

JOHN BUCKLAND WRIGHT
WANDA FICOWSKA
MICHEL JAMAR
DAVID JONES
FERDINAND SPRINGER
ROGER VIEILLARD

Selected prints by BARRY COTTRELL

Creation Myth, 1998
Engraving
Bursting the Web, 1998
Engraving
Piano Man's Dream of
Sex and Death, 1997
Engraving

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