At the beginning of the summer I made a quick, spontaneous ink drawing onto lino exploring the qualities of throwing, dripping and splashing. I have subsequently spent two months carefully cutting and transcribing the marks ready for a relief print. The whole process has been revealing and also satisfying to arrive back at the starting point.
Andrew Carter September 2018
Andrew Carter Lives and works in London. He is married to the artist Helen Ireland. They have two children. He studied at Fine Art Painting at Central St Martins and MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. He currently works from his studio in East Dulwich at Artichoke Print Workshop in Brixton. He teaches painting, drawing and printmaking alongside developing his own work as an artist.
Recent linocut prints are filigree patterns of light and organic structure. The subject matter for these prints has been found in the landscape in London or elsewhere while walking. I want to find a balance between something observed and witnessed in the landscape and the design and organisation of the cut block. The process of cutting is slow and accumulative; each part of the surface has equal importance. The images are consciously reflective – looking through branches, leaves and water seems to offer an opportunity to contemplate and revisit places I have seen.
Andrew Carter September 2017
In the series, ‘Walking the Thames backwards’, I have experimented with making relief prints as collages of marks, splats and cut shapes. The blocks are cut in reverse and refer obliquely to the idea of travel, time and moment. There is an element of chance and spontaneity to these works that are meant to be seen as a group as well as individually.
‘All of my prints are relief prints, or screen prints from relief prints. I am working with fragments of things seen or chanced upon. Walking the Thames path from the estuary back to the source I have been aware of walking against the current, from an old river to a young river; walking forwards and backwards at the same time. I like to work with left over bits of information, geometric shapes, ink spots, marks, colours and then find an arrangement, part by chance and part by design. Through the process of drawing and physically cutting a block the image takes on a more permanent quality that encapsulates a different idea of time. Walking seems to count time and cutting an image also slows down the pace of seeing and thinking.
I want to show some new prints at the Loop exhibition at Bankside that are connected with the River Thames, these are not pictures but associations. The vocabulary of making these prints involves looking, drawing, cutting , tearing, painting, selecting, rearranging and printing. I like the thought that the images have arrived partly by chance and then are carefully reconstructed as prints.’
Andrew Carter, July 2016