cambridge contemporary art

Iona Howard

Howard’s prints explore the notion of time and landscape through a contemplative exploration of surface. The sources of Howard’s prints can come from working in the open air or expressing landscape filtered through memory. The physicality of her approach to the printing process makes the subject spontaneous and vibrant whilst capturing an intimate connection with the landscape.

Howard is captivated by the ancient semi-natural landscapes typical of her native west Cornwall where a blurred line exists between nature and human activity. Recent works of the Fens focus on the meeting point of land, horizon and sky, their flatness altering the perception of distance. Howard’s work has gradually evolved from her monochromatic studies by introducing colour to reflect the Fens’ ever changing mood and light. She draws inspiration from sites which have a particular sense of place; the catalyst for her most significant pieces of work.

Her plates are predominantly carborundum, a technique where a mix of a binder and carborundum grit is applied onto the surface of a plate and inked up. It provides highly embossed, velvety textures and rich, dense tones. This medium allows the freedom to work on a large scale in the same way as approaching painting. To contrast the carborundum, drypoint is added to produce an incised line, characteristically thin, linear and precise. Colour is introduced by layering carborundum plates or more often realised though monoprint. She prints to the edge of the paper to leave the composition as unconstrained as the landscapes from which she seeks inspiration. 

Howard was a student at Falmouth and Winchester Schools of Art, was selected for the Design Enterprise Programme at The Royal College of Art and was awarded an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Cambridge School of Art in 2009. In 2012 she was awarded the Curwen Studio prize at the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers Summer Exhibition. Her prints Goonhilly Downs and White Downs State III were selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Carborundum and Monoprint Printing Process

The plate is made by adding carborundum and drypoint to the surface which is then sealed ready for printing. Next, the plate is inked up using etching ink and plate oil, scrim is used to wipe away excess ink. A heavy weight printmaking paper with a high cotton content is torn to size, soaked in a water bath and blotted dry before being placed on top of the plate. The paper is lightly smaller than the plate size and is put through an etching press under a lot of pressure protected by tissue and wool blankets. Once the print has been dried between tissue and boards the monoprint is added over several layers. This is achieved by inking up a separate plate using a range of colours, placing the carborundum print on top and putting it through the etching press again. Subsequent layers of monoprint are added by repeating the process until the print is finished. 

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 £60 - £850.


Adventurers' Fen I

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

32 x 31 cm unframed

45 x 44 cm framed £320

unique

After The Harvest VI 

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

40 x 48 cm  unframed £295

unique

 

Black Circles State V

carborundum

68 x 98 cm unframed £400

84 x 113cm framed £495

edition of 10

Early Crops

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

36 x 100 cm unframed £350

edition of 20

 

 Goonhilly Downs III   carborundum  and  monoprint   £350 unframed      

Goonhilly Downs III

carborundum and monoprint

£350 unframed

 

 

Great North Fen in Summer VI

carborundum and monoprint

64 x 85cm £575 framed with artglass

SOLD

 

 

Great North Fen In Winter X

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

64 x 85 cm framed

unique

SOLD

June Fen II

carborundum and monoprint

54 x 60 cm £410 framed with artglass

SOLD

Mow Fen II

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

15 x 19 cm unframed £95

unique

Oxholme

carborundum and drypoint

70 x 97 cm unframed £450

edition of 20

The View From Tower Hide

carborundum and drypoint

59 x 100 cm unframed £450

74 x 114 cm framed £550

edition of 40

Towards the Church on Great North Fen

carborundum and drypoint

58 x 79 cm unframed £350

73 x 94 cm framed £450

edition of 20

White Downs I

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

94 x 128 cm framed £850

unique

 

White Downs State III

carborundum and drypoint

77 x 112 cm unframed £600

93 x 128 cm framed £750

edition of 40

Adventurers' Fen III

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

32 x 31 cm unframed £230

unique

Ancient Circles State III

carborundum and collagraph

44 x 44.5 cm unframed £195

edition of 20

Black Fen XIII

carborundum and monoprint

41 x 51cm £310 framed with artglass

SOLD

 

Fen State II

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

28 x 36 cm unframed £115

edition of 20

 

 Goonhilly Downs V   carborundum  and  monoprint   73 x 94 cm £450 framed      

Goonhilly Downs V

carborundum and monoprint

73 x 94 cm £450 framed

 

 

Great North Fen in Winter

carborundum and monoprint

£250

 

 

Great North Fen In Winter State II

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

49 x 69 cm unframed £250

edition of 20

 

Kingfisher’s Bridge A/P

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

42 x 57 cm £260  framed with artglass

 

Mow Fen III

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

26 x 30 cm framed £155

unique

SOLD

Thompson's Drove I

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

42 x 64 cm framed £295

unique

 

Watch Croft VIII

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

29 x 39 cm unframed £220

unique

 

White Downs III

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

77 x 112 cm unframed £700

unique

 

Wicken Fen XII

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

68 x 116 cm framed £825

unique

Wicken Sedge Fen I

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

59 x 100 cm unframed £395

unique

Sedge Fen IV

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

16 x 16 cm unframed £95

unique

 

Around from Lizard point

carborundum and monoprint

42 x 56 cm £330 framed

 

Black Fen XIV

carborundum and monoprint

29 x 39 cm £230 unframed mounted

Goonhilly Downs

carborundum and monoprint

58 x 78 cm unframed £395

73 x 97 cm framed £495

edition of 40

 

 

Great North Fen

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

39 x 49 cm unframed £195

55 x 64 cm framed £310

edition of 40

Great North Fen in Winter II  1/1

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

58 x 78 cm unframed 

unique

SOLD

June Fen I

carborundum and monoprint

53 x 63 cm £410 framed with artglass

SOLD

 

Mow Fen

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

15 x 19 cm unframed £60

30 x 35 framed £115

edition of 50

November Fen A/P

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

49 x 69 cm unframed £295

64 x 85 cm £435 framed with artglass

 

Summer Fen II

 carborundum and monoprint

41 x 50cm framed £310

unique

SOLD

 

Thompson's Drove II

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

42 x 64 cm framed £295

unique

 

Watch Croft IX

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

42 x 52 cm framed £310

unique

 

White Downs State II ap

carborundum and drypoint

38 x 57 cm

£325 framed

£225 unframed

Wicken Fen XIII

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

68 x 116 cm framed £825

unique


Sold

Adventurers' Fen II

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

sold

 After The Harvest IX   carborundum  and  monoprint   sold

After The Harvest IX

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Black Fen IX

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

sold

Great North Fen in Winter 

carborundum and monoprint

sold

 Sedge Fen II   carborundum ,  monoprint  and  drypoint   sold

Sedge Fen II

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

sold

Summer Fen I

 carborundum and monoprint

SOLD

Wicken Fen II   1/1

carborundum and monoprint

sold

 

Wicken Fen XI

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Winter Fen XII

carborundum and drypoint

sold

After the Harvest I

carborundum and monoprint

sold

 

Black Fen IV

carborundum and monoprint

sold

 

 Black Fen XII   carborundum  and  monoprint   sold

Black Fen XII

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Great North Fen in Winter VI

carborundum and monoprint

sold

 Spring Fen I   carborundum   and   monoprint   sold      

Spring Fen I

carborundum and monoprint

sold

 

 

Watch Croft VIII 1/1

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Wicken Fen IX

carborundum and monoprint

sold

 

 

Winter Fen I  1/1

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Winter Fen XIII

carborundum and monoprint

sold

After the Harvest V

carborundum and monoprint

sold

 

Black fen VI

carborundum and monoprint

sold

 

 Great North Fen I Spring II

carborundum and monoprint

sold

 

Great North Fen in Winter VII

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Spring Fen V

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

sold

 

Wicken Fen I   1/1

carborundum and monoprint

sold

 

Wicken Fen X

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Winter Fen IV 1/1

carborundum and monoprint

sold