cambridge contemporary art

Brenda Hartill

Brenda Hartill

Brenda Hartill is an innovative British painter and printmaker based in East Sussex. Born in London, England, Brenda emigrated to New Zealand with her parents in the late 1950s and was educated there. She returned to London in the late 1960s to study Theatrical Design, after which she worked as a freelance designer in UK theatre. In the early eighties, Brenda turned towards printmaking and has been successfully publishing her own prints since.

Brenda is best known for her heavily embossed limited edition etchings and collagraphs based on natural landscape forms, which range from finely drawn figurative etchings to bold textured abstract collagraphs. Her abstract collages and mixed-media paintings include the use of encaustic wax, watercolour acrylic paint and oil paint. Brenda’s main love is abstracting the essence of the landscape in richly coloured textured works, often enhanced with silver and gold leaf. Recent works include a series of watercolour paintings with collagraph embossings and a series of mixed-media encaustic paintings. Brenda’s early experience as a theatrical designer has led to a sculptural approach to painting and printmaking. She has developed a method of inking using the different levels of the plate to produce a shimmer of colour, much as lighting a stage set. Her on-going fascination with erosion, weather patterns, natural textures and universal organic forms, has led to her current images.

Brenda is a member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. Her book “Collagraphs and Mixed-media Printmaking” is one of the seminal A&C BLACK Printmaking handbooks. She recently published a DVD about her work and methods, “Collagraph, a sculptural approach to printmaking”.

Go to our Printmaking Techniques page for more information on how these prints are created

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgegallery.co.uk or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £


Burnish II

collage with acrylic paint unglazed

framed 61x61cm

Autumn Storm

 

 

 

Cool Sunshine II

embossed watercolour

 

Flowers in the Wind I

embossed watercolour

 

 

Golden Meltdown I

collaged etching wth gold & copper leaf

paper 76x56cm, image 50x40cm

Primeval Land I

paper 56x76cm, image 40x50cm

1 of set 3

Space Warming Globe collaged etching with pure gold leaf image 49x46cm, paper 66x56

Space Warming Globe

collaged etching with pure gold leaf

image 49x46cm, paper 66x56

Autumnal Elements I

collagraph with gold & copper leaf

paper 76x56cm, image 50x40cm

Silver Layer

mixed-media collage

framed 131x70cm

Silver Metamorphosis II

collaged etching wth silver leaf

image 50x40cm, paper 73x53cm

Golden Layer

mixed-media collage

framed 131x70cm

Variations X with Field

collaged etching

image 60x20cm, framed 84x65cm

Bush with Black Kauri

etching

image 37x30cm, framed 64x54cm

Black and White Song II

embossed drawing

47x44cm

Hillock with olive trees

collagraph

image 73x54cm, framed 96x72cm

Shadows I

etching aquatint

image 50x40cm, framed 85x66

 

Rockfall

embossed watercolour

Trainscape I

collaged etching

image 80x58cm, framed 112x95cm

rare

Greenwich Snow

paper 38x28cm, image 20x14cm

rare

First Goal

aquatint

rare

Injun, Young Vic - The only Good Injun is a Dead Injun - 1972

 

Burnish III collage

acrylic paint on raised board

61x61cm

Autumn Storm II

collagraph

image 40x50cm, framed 63x75cm

Cool Sunshine III

embossed watercolour

46x46cm

Sunshine III

embossed watercolour

46x46cm

Shoots II

embossed watercolour

image 26x25, framed 48x45cm

 

Primeval Land II

paper 56x76cm, image 40x50cm

 

 

Space with Copper Warming Globe

collaged etching with copper leaf

image 49x46cm, paper 66x56

Alchemy III

collaged etching with gold leaf

 paper 76x56cm, image 50x40cm

Silver Metamorphosis III

collaged etching

image 50x40, framed 71x60cm

Ultra

collage with acrylic on raised board

61x61cm

Thicket I

Great Copper Elements I

paper 73x85cm, image 64x71cm

Variations Granite

paper 76x56cm, image  63x23cm, framed 83x64cm

rare

Variations VIII Totem

image 63x23cm, framed 83x64cm

rare

Bush with Nikaus

paper 65x50cm, image 37x31cm

Arches I

paper 76x56cm, image 51x38cm

El Chorro

collagraph

image 73x54cm, framed 96x72cm

rare

Shadows III

etching-collagraph

image 56x75cm, paper 72x88cm

unframed £550, framed £675

rare

Trainscape II

collaged etching

image 60x18cm, framed 79x54

The Day it Snowed

etching with embossing

image38x48cm, framed71x75cm

rare

The Day it Snowed III

paper 57X47cm, image 40X33cm

College Cricket

aquatint

image 28x21cm, framed 42x32cm

rare

Sir Toby Belch, Twelth Night  - Fanfare for Europe-Old Vic 1973

Burnish X

embossed watercolour

image 24x23cm, framed 48x45cm

After the Autumn Storm

collagraph

image 40x50cm, framed 70x88cm

Cool Summer V

embossed watercolour

53x50cm

Emerging I

embossed watercolour

38x38cm

Golden Meltdown II

Golden Meltdown II

Pond

collagraph

paper 80x96cm, image 58x76cm

rare

Heavenly Bodies Earthrise

paper 99x71cm, image 76x56cm

 

Sun Silver Winter Sun

Sun Golden Summer Sun

etching with gold leaf

image 22x22cm, framed 43x38

Great Blue Song II

embossed watercolour

image 73x110cm, framed 89x123cm

Ultra II

collage with acrylic paint on raised board

61x61cm

La Tierra X

embossed watercolour

image30x40cm framed 52x61

 

Golden Elemental Icon I

collaged etching

Variations X with Hill

collaged etching

image 60x20cm, framed 84x65cm

Spirit of the Bush

etching with lino embossing

image 76x86cm

rare

Black and White Song I

embossed drawing

47x44cm

Black on White II

collaged embossed paper with pen and conte

95x95cm

Shadows IV Orange Tree

paper 76x56cm, image 50x40cm

Cityscape I

collaged etching

image 80x60cm, framed 112x95cm

rare

Trainscape Waterloo (B&W)

Church on the Heath

paper 38x28cm, image 20x14cm

rare

Blackheath Wind

aquatint

image 27x21cm, framed 38x31cm

rare

Squaw Injun Young Vic - The Only Good Injun is a Dead Injun - 1972