Paul Ki-Kydd

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Talented Birmingham artist Paul Ki-Kydd has curated a show his drawings that have grown from bicycle rides around the outlying areas of the Birmingham conurbation.

On April 2nd, Paul will be at the venue ( RBSA’s Craft Gallery) from 11- 4.30 to talk about his work accompanied by drinks and bites.

A good July

l was delighted to be awarded first prize in the RBSA http://www.rbsa.org.uk/ Biennial Print Exhibition.

This was followed very shortly by spending a week learning from master printmaker John Howard at his Falmouth workshop http://www.johnhowardprintstudios.com/home . He has such a depth of experience and is very welcoming to students at all levels.

Some of my latest work has focussed at smaller sized pieces with a view to submitting to small/mini print opens. Most of these have been made on zinc etched in a copper sulphate solution though l did get the chance to work with nitric acid etching and traditional aquatint which l prefer.

The first image was one of the Menier Chocolate Factory’s gallery http://www.menierchocolatefactory.com/ which is the venue for the SGFA’s annual exhibition http://www.sgfa.org.uk/Events-and-Exhibitions/ in October

Returning to Birmingham scenes l have produced some views of the city from the platforms of Moor Street Station including a 20x20 cm and a smaller 15x5 cm vertical slice

Lastly, a canalside viewpoint along the Warwick Birmingham Junction behind Fazeley Street near the workshop of Birmingham Printmakers http://birminghamprintmakers.org/ . The image is dominated by the impressive curving wall of what was the Fellows Morton and Clayton canal transportation company.

After a little enforced break due to carpal tunnel surgery, l look forward to resuming further small format prints.

New press and RBSA Winter Exhibition

Last week Birmingham Printmakers bought a very lightly used Bewick and Wilson etching press. This is a superbly engineered machine and is a fantastic addition to our facilities and will be greatly appreciated.

Here are a few pictures of the Bewick. Peter is the last owner and Carl and Anne are BPM members.

On till the 16th of this week is the RBSA Friends Winter exhibition which is well worth a visit over in the Jewellery Quarter.

Work in progress

Hi. Thought you might like to see a couple of images (relating back to post of 28/8) of my current woodcut. One shows the actual plate which l've been gouging away on and the other is the resultant print. This block will be the one l ink up last in the sequence to provide the final and darkest colour on top of the layers of colour. l may have to work further on this design depending upon the colour block (reduction) outcome. However l like this design in it's own right and will print off a small edition from this. l'm in the process of printing off the first layer of colour from a second block, the result of which l'll post in the next few days.
l was fortunate to have my Bristol Street etching selected for the current RBSA Friends exhibition, well worth a detour over to the Jewellery Quarter - and whilst at the private view on Thursday l was introduced to a fellow printmaker and a prizewinner at this show, Susan Steele, who is based up at the Ridware Arts Centre up in Staffordshire and which l hope to visit myself in the near future.
Apologies for the curving effect from my self-taken digital images - l hope to find out one day how to avoid this.

Planespotting - plate

Planespotting - print

RBSA Prize Exhibition

Accepting prize from Chancellor

I had a print accepted for the RBSA Prize Exhibition recently, and was delighted to win the Leo Honigsberger Prize for the entry. The photo shows me accepting my prize at the Private View from the Chancellor of Aston University, Sir Michael Bett.

The image below is the one which won the prize - From The Air #7, an intaglio and aquatint print.

From The Air #7