Carry Akroyd - Artist Talk
Wednesday 2 October 2019
7pm – 9pm
Leicester High School for Girls,
454 London Rd,
Leicester LE2 2PP
A talk about her work, how she makes prints, and her interest in the poet John Clare
Free for members, guests welcome (£3 donation).
About Carry Akroyd
Carry Akroyd is a painter-printmaker and occasional illustrator, whose images examine the relationship between humans, landscape and wildlife. Her representations of contemporary agriculture, botany and birds concentrate on colour, shape and balance.
Her printmaking technique is mostly cut-paper stencil serigraphy, (screenprinting) which means spending a lot of time with scissors or scalpel cutting out shapes to guide where the layers of ink go through the screen. So cutting out shapes to make collages is very closely linked to the process. The contrasting discipline of hand-drawn plate lithography, where photoprocess can make use of the drawn line, engages another part of the brain.
In painting her work is often watercolour or acrylic on paper, but although her subject matter is constant, her attitude to each medium is restless.
Carry is a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and shows with them in London each year. In 2017 she was awarded the top prize, (the Terravesta Award), at The Natural Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
The range of Carry’s work is reproduced in her own books: ‘natures powers & spells, Landscape Change, John Clare and Me’, and “Found in the Fields”. Many images echo John Clare’s poetry in observing of how man affects nature, two hundred years ago and now. A series of prints comprise a touring show that is an introduction to the poet. After 20 years of making and exhibiting images relating to the poetry of John Clare, in 2016 Carry was invited to be President of the John Clare Society.
Carry’s work has been used on several book jackets, and she is the series cover artist for Bloomsbury’s British Wildlife Collection and for Saraband’s ‘Encounters with Nature’. She illustrates the Bird of the Month column in The Oldie magazine, a collection of which will be published in August under the title “A Sparrow’s Life’s as Sweet as Ours”