I've spent much of the winter (when not working on paintings for my exhibition about stories from the Dales) making nine new screen prints of Cambridge.
I've had a long association with the wonderful gallery on Trinity Street - Cambridge Contemporary Art - which began with them selling my abstract paintings. Now they sell my screen prints.
I was very pleased when they asked me to produce some new work for an exhibition on Cambridge. It really is a lovely city. Here a few steps through a gateway from a busy shopping street can bring you into an ancient, shadowed courtyard. A short walk down a high walled lane will lead you to a medieval bridge over the shallow River Cam.
I decided from the outset that I wanted a mixture of images. In some I wanted to celebrate Cambridge's varied roofscape. In others, to focus on the city's more contemplative spaces. And, of course, there were particular architectural gems I just had to portray. One of my favourites is the court at Queen's College which has the most beautifully proportioned half-timbered building. While I was working on this piece I came across a photograph of a play being performed in the court showing one of Stephen Fry's first performances (he was a student at Queen's).
Evening, King's College
A few days ago I drove down with the pictures to Cambridge along with my daughter, Rosie Scott-Massie, who also is showing new work in the same exhibition and fellow artist, Josie Beszant. Despite a biting East wind we had a very enjoyable time in the city and, as always, discovered a couple of interesting bits we hadn't come across before.
The Round Church, Cambridge
So the prints are all finished and the exhibition is open from 6/4/13 to 28/4/13. Information and opening times can be found on Cambridge Contemporary Art's website. To see the new prints please CLICK HERE.
If Cambridge is a long way to go do call into the Masham Gallery where a large selection of my paintings and prints is always available.