Andrew Hambleton has been exhibiting prints since the 1980s, both throughout the UK and from Texas to Taiwan. Now based in Huddersfield he has won several awards and worked as a printmaker and teacher in Dundee, Cambridge and Harrow (and many more towns besides).
It’s hardly a surprise that a printmaker should have considerable drawing skills; it’s a little more notable that they should develop painterly aspirations.
But while most printmakers tend towards the analytical processing of ideas, Hambleton appears ever the romantic – given to capturing ‘feeling’ through dramatic effects; searching for ‘honesty and truth’ in his urban landscapes, and talking of ‘doing battle with the economics of the day’.
‘P&P’ (‘paintings and prints’) is a series of linked exhibits that show how the same idea is pursued in different media – and how the different outcomes might help evolve the work to a still further degree.
“This modest-sized exhibition shows how an idea can be transported both into painting and print; how plates are reworked (for I’m never totally satisfied) in the same way that paintings are over-painted…” says Andrew Hambleton.