Gertrude Hermes RA was an English wood engraver, printmaker and sculptor. She exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1934, and showed at the Venice International Exhibition in 1939. She taught drawing, wood engraving and lino cutting at the Central School of Art in London (now Central St Martin’s) in the late 1940s to mid ‘60s. She also taught drawing, wood and lino block printing at the Royal Academy Schools, from 1966. In 1963 she was elected Associate of the Royal Academy, a full Royal Academician in 1971 and was appointed an OBE in 1982.
Anne Desmet RA is an artist specialising in creative printmaking and mixed-media collages of architectural/metamorphosing subjects. She has works in museum collections worldwide and commissions include engravings for the British Museum, British Library, V&A and Sotheby’s. Desmet was elected a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2011, only the third wood engraver ever elected in the RA’s 250-year history.
Steven Hubbard was born in London, and currently lives and works in the Cotswolds. He makes prints, paintings and constructions and in recent years has become increasingly engaged in Lino printing. His work has been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, including The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
His work is collected in the UK and internationally.
Edward Ardizzone was an English painter, printmaker and war artist, and the author and illustrator of books, many of them for children.
The Perils of Being a Member of the AIA
(Prostitutes outside the AIA Gallery in Soho) c1953
The Artists’ International Association
The AIA embraced all styles of art, both modernist and traditional, and its aim was the ‘Unity of Artists for Peace, Democracy and Cultural Development’. It held a series of large group exhibitions on political and social themes beginning in 1935 with the exhibition Artists Against Fascism and War. The AIA supported the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War (1936–9) through exhibitions and other fund-raising activities. It tried to promote wider access to art through travelling exhibitions, public mural paintings and a picture lending library. The society was active until 1971.
This drawing was a humorous gift to a friend and fellow AIA member.
Chris Wormell has been an illustrator since the early 1980s, making wood engravings and linocuts as well as children’s picture books. These prints are from An Alphabet of Animals, published by Collins in 1990.
Calkin James was a calligrapher, graphic designer, textile printer, watercolour painter and printmaker, and is best known for her posters designed for the London Underground and London Transport between 1928 and 1935. She designed book jackets for Jonathan Cape, pattern papers for Curwen Press, programmes and booklets for the BBC and the first greetings telegram for the GPO. In the late 1960s she suffered a stroke, paralysing her right side and depriving her of speech. Undaunted, she started a series of wool embroidery designs using her left hand.
Hilary Paynter is one of the country’s foremost contemporary printmakers. Past President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and Chairman of the Society of Wood Engravers, her prints are in the collections of the V&A Museum and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Geri Waddington trained at the Slade and specializes in wood engraving, both as limited edition prints and book illustrations. She is an elected member and past Chair of the Society of Wood Engravers, and a 'brother' of the Art Workers' Guild. She exhibits regularly in the UK and abroad and her work is in public and private collections around the world.
Rachel Gracey is a Printmaker who specialises in lithography. Her studio is based in Oxford where she works on a 3x4ft bed of a Mann Direct Press. Her work celebrates the daily and seasonal cadences of the landscape. Rachel was elected an Associate Royal Engraver by the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in 2017 and has work in the permanent collections of the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Royal Collection.
Robin Mackenzie is an illustrator and printmaker specialising in wood engravings and linocuts. He graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2013 and has since been creating prints for products, books, magazines and a wide variety of exhibitions and shows. Robin works from his studio at Walford Mill Crafts in Wimborne, Dorset using a traditional cast iron Albion Press to produce his prints. In 2016 he was elected as a member of The Society of Wood Engravers and in 2017 as a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
Walter Bayes was an English painter and illustrator who was a founder member of both the Camden Town Group and the London Group. He was also a renowned art teacher and critic.
This work is from the 'Recording Britain' collection of topographical watercolours and drawings. The Committee for the Employment of Artists in Wartime, part of the Ministry of Labour and National Service launched a scheme to employ artists to record the home front in Britain, funded by a grant from the Pilgrim Trust.
Jane Lydbury is a freelance illustrator and printmaker. Many of her illustrations have been in the form of relief printmaking, mainly wood engravings. Her work is published by the Folio Society, Oxford University Press, and Penguin Books among others. Recently she has turned to printing in colour. Riding Home was printed from four separate blocks.