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 and The Royal College of Art. She completed an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Cambridge School of Art in 2009 and in 2012 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 £55 - £700.


After the Harvest V

Carborundum and monoprint

55x64cm

£410 framed

Black fen VI

Carborundum and

40X50CM

Sold

Spring Fen I Carborundum and monoprint 29x39 cm Sold Prints available in series £220

Spring Fen I

Carborundum and monoprint

29x39 cm

Sold

Prints available in series £220

Winter Fen IV 1/1

Carborundum and monoprint

40.5x49.5cm

sold

 

Great North Fen in Winter II  1/1

Carborundum and monoprint

50x70cm

£355 

Wicken Fen II   1/1

Carborundum and monoprint 

69x100cm

£800 (framed)

£650 (unframed)

Other prints available in series

Wicken Fen I   1/1

Carborundum and monoprint

69x100cm

sold

Prints available in series

£800 (framed)

£650 (unframed)

White Downs State III

Carborundum and monoprint

£600

Oxholme

Carborundum and Drypoint

70cm x 97cm

£425

 

Around from Lizard point

Carborundum and monoprint

42x56cm

£350 framed

Great North Fen in Winter VII

Carborundum and monoprint

£575 unframed 

Watch Croft VIII 1/1

Carborundum and monoprint

29x39 cm

Sold

Prints available in series £220

Winter Fen XIII

Carborundum and monoprint

28x38 cm

Sold

Unframed prints available in series £220

Great North Fen in Winter VI

Carborundum and monoprint

Sold

Prints available in series £425

Thompson's Drove II

Carborundum and monoprint

29x50 cm

£325 (framed)

 

 

 Great North Fen I Spring II

Carborundum and monoprint

49x59 cm

sold

Winter Fen XII

Carborundum and Drypoint

29x38cm

sold

Unframed prints avaliable in series £220

The View From Tower Hide ed4

Carborundum and Drypoint

50x100cm

£395

Black circles state V 

 

Carborundum

800x110cm

£550 framed

White Downs III

Carborundum and monoprint

79x113cm

£700 unframed

After the Harvest I

Carborundum and monoprint

39x49 cm

£410 (framed)

Prints available in series £295

Winter Fen I  1/1

Carborundum and Monoprint 

40x50cm

Sold

Prints available in series £220

 

 

 

Goonhilly Downs 

Carborundum and Drypoint

£375

Black Fen IV

Carborundum and monoprint

29x39 cm

sold

Unframed prints available in series £220

 

Great North Fen in Winter 

Carborundum and monoprint

64x83cm

sold

White Downs State II ap

Carborundum and Drypoint

38x57cm

£325 framed

£225 unframed

Towards the Church on Great North Fen ed1

Carborundum and Drypoint

58cm x 79cm

£350