The Printed Image

Adrienne & Kenneth Craddock. 20 April - 1 June 2019

Kenneth Craddock. St. Francis meeting the animals. Wood engraving.

This joint exhibition brings together the work of two printmakers, a father and daughter.
Kenneth Craddock (1911 - 1989) & Adrienne Craddock.

Both artists attended Manchester School of Art - (Manchester Metropolitan University) and each specialised in printmaking. The landscape of Herefordshire features in the work of each artist.

Adrienne Craddock. Up the Lane. Monoprint.

Adrienne Craddock. Up the Lane. Monoprint.

Kenneth Craddock

Born in Bolton in 1911, the youngest of six children, he first attended Bolton School of Art, then Manchester School of Art.
Kenneth was Principal of Hereford College of Art throughout the 1960s after working for a number of years as an illustrator for the Manchester Guardian. During World War two he worked for the aircraft company De Havilland as a designer drawing plans. As an illustrator he also designed information posters during the war.

He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of Manchester Academy, he has work in Manchester City Art Gallery's and collection. He exhibited in the Royal Academy summer exhibitions.
Influenced and inspired by Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden his paintings and wood engravings recall the nineteen fifties.

Kenneth Craddock. wood engraving. Rhydspence inn.

Kenneth Craddock. The Rhydspence Inn. Wood engraving.


After numerous visits to Herefordshire where he stayed at a farmhouse in the countryside near Leominster, he fell in love with the county and applied and secured the post of Principal of Hereford College of Art in 1951.
The architecture and landscape of rural Herefordshire often feature in his work. A fine example is the wood engraving of the fourteenth century former drovers inn "The Rhydspence " which is situated on the Welsh border in the Wye Valley, near Hay-on-Wye.

Adrienne Craddock

Currently living in Herefordshire where she combines teaching with producing limited edition hand painted original prints, Adrienne uses a variety of printmaking processes including collagraph, monoprinting and carborundum to create her richly textured, bold and narrative works.

Adrienne Craddock. River Angel.

Adrienne Craddock. River Angel. Monoprint.

Stories, rhymes and fables have inspired her work and she has collaborated on a series of national touring exhibitions.

‘…Her beautiful hand-coloured prints invite you into an imaginary world of miraculous happenings where the extraordinary and incredible are treated as familiar and everyday.’ John Sheeran

Carborundum Prints

Adrienne has made a special study of carborundum prints. These prints are made by drawing on to a print plate with carborundum powder and shellac varnish. The plates are then inked carefully with etching ink which bonds to the gritty surface, transfering intense colour to the resulting print. 

Monoprints

The monoprints are made by overlaying one colour on top of another and often several layers of printing are involved to develop an image.

"..I apply ink to the surface of a plate using brushes or roller and draw into it with tools or a rag. I revel in the painterly quality of this process, capturing the energy of the mark making and creating a depth of colour."Adrienne Craddock.

 Work in Collectiions

Manchester City Art Gallery, Bury Art Gallery and Museum, Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, Sheeran Lock Art Consultants.

Adrienne Craddock. Eve and the Birds. Monoprint.
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A Statement by Adrienne Craddock about her work.

 I was lucky enough to be brought up in the countryside, an environment that is ingrained in my soul.
As a teenager however, I couldn’t wait to leave home, to get away and into a city – to explore my northern family roots, life, people and music.
First I went to Stoke on Trent to do a degree in printmaking 1982-86 and was taught by several fine tutors who encouraged an experimental approach to printmaking. From here I went on to do an MA fine art degree in Manchester 1987 -89 It was a 2 year part time degree and enabled me at the same time to work part time as ‘Artist in school’ for Wigan education authority.
It was here in the classroom with the children that inspired much of my art work. I was, as Picasso said, trying to learn to ‘paint like a child’. Expression without the confines of formality.
Around this time I also thought it best to explore ‘what I knew’ and this is when I began to use animal imagery combined with narrative from stories or rhymes.
I was making work using simple printmaking techniques – collagraph and drypoint (because my studio was in a school) and working on small editions. These works were quite large scale so took a lot of time to print an edition and to hand colour.
My most recent work explores the technique of Monoprinting. More akin to painting as these are ‘one off’s’ not editions although it’s possible to make several versions.
I am enjoying this painterly, looser and less graphic approach. I am loving the feeling of scraping into the ink and of drawing with a printing roller and applying direct layers of colour.
Having lived in the north – Rossendale Valley and Clitheroe, and incorporating snippets of that northern landscape in my work, I am now looking at the contrast of the lush Herefordshire landscape to which I have returned.

Adrienne Craddock 2019  

Images below: A selection of work by Kenneth and Adrienne Craddock in the current exhibition.