Norman Ackroyd RA: Landscapes: – Thursday 12th April to Saturday 19th May 2012

A selection of landscape prints by the multi award winning printmaker Norman Ackroyd. In 2007 he was awarded a C.B.E. for his services to engraving and printing. Norman will also join us for a printmaking masterclass, sharing techniques and useful tips. The exhibition opens on the Thursday 12th of April and runs until Saturday 19th of May 2012.

Norman Ackroyd RA is amongst the most celebrated of all those British contemporary printmakers who continue to use the traditional methods of printmaking.

The solo exhibition features 29 of Normans signature landscape prints.  The range of atmospheric landscape locations within the exhibition takes us on a wonderfully dramatic tour around the UK.  Normans highly distinctive landscapes concentrate upon the interpretation of the effects of changing weather and light in his depiction of these phenomena he remains unsurpassed by his contemporaries.  His works go far beyond mere reportage, evoking a deep sense of atmospheric mood which captures the character of the landscape portrayed.

Born in Leeds in 1938, he studied at Leeds College of Art from 1956 61, then the Royal College of Art, 1961 64.  Norman is a technical perfectionist, considered by many to be the most accomplished living British printmaker, Ackroyd has been consistently applauded for his uniquely modern style of aquatint landscapes and was elected a full member of the Royal Academy in 1991.  In 2007 Norman was awarded a C.B.E. for Services to Engraving and Printing.