Hester Cox graduated from Harrow School of Art and Design with a BA(Hons) in Illustration in 1994. She lives and works in Masham, North Yorkshire.
Working as a printmaker, she designs and makes relief and collagraph plates which are then printed in layers to form one richly coloured and textured limited edition print. Currently she is exploring the possibilities of photopolymer printmaking (solar plate). By using the sun and transparencies made from drawings and her digital photographs an etching or relief plate can be made that adds another layer to the resulting image.
Her inspiration is often derived from the natural landscape, the plants and wildlife that inhabit it and the stories, myths and symbolism associated with them. She uses multiple plates and techniques to echo the layers of meaning and metaphor in the images. Poetry and the written word are also starting points for an idea.
In April 2006 she returned from a year and half of travelling, studying and working in Asia & Central and South America. This journey has provoked a new body of work exploring the diverse colours, imagery and culture of these places.
Hester exhibits widely in Yorkshire and the UK and her work has been featured in the magazines Country Living, Artists and Illustrators and Pagan Dawn & by organisations such as Friends of the Earth, RHS Garden Harlow Carr & Bradford City Council. Her working process and ideas have recently been filmed by choreographer and dancer Kathinka Walter. She has used this as the basis for a contemporary dance piece, 'Gleichzeitig', which explores layering of imagery and metaphor. This was performed at The Place, London & Yorkshire Dance Centre, Leeds. In June 2007, Hester was invited to work with artist, Ingrid MacMillan, and stained glass artist, Rudi Bellemans in Gaucin, Andalucia.
Prices range from: £40 - £175
The Pageant of Summer
collagraph and solarplate print
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