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”.
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