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.


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

Oxholme

carborundum and drypoint

70 x 97 cm unframed £450

edition of 20

Waterland   drypoint ,  monoprint  and  carborundum   £315  edition of 35

Waterland

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

£315

edition of 35

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

Mow Fen II

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

15 x 19 cm

sold

Snow Field  carborundum and drypoint  12cm X 12cm mounted £60  £100 framed  edition of 20

Snow Field

carborundum and drypoint

12cm X 12cm mounted £60

£100 framed

edition of 20

Great North Fen

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

39 x 49 cm mounted £210

55 x 64 cm framed £310

edition of 40

November Fen

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

49 x 69 cm mounted £320

64 x 85 cm £445 framed with artglass

edition of 40

White Downs State III

carborundum and drypoint

77 x 112 cm unframed £600

93 x 128 cm framed £750

edition of 40

Great North Fen In Winter State II

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

49 x 69 cm mounted £300

edition of 20

Goonhilly Downs

carborundum and monoprint

58 x 78 cm unframed £395

73 x 97 cm framed £495

edition of 40

Kingfisher’s Bridge

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

42 x 57 cm £250 framed with artglass

£160 mounted

edition of 40

Ancient Circles State III

carborundum and collagraph

44 x 44.5 cm mounted £210

edition of 20

Fen State II

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

28 x 36 cm mounted £135

edition of 20

Mow Fen

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

15 x 19 cm mounted £65

30 x 35 framed £115

edition of 50

White Downs State II   drypoint ,  monoprint  and  carborundum   mounted £240  framed £325  edition of 20

White Downs State II

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

mounted £240

framed £325

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

Wicken Sedge Fen I

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

59 x 100 cm unframed £395

unique

.

Watch Croft VIII

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

29 x 39 cm mounted £250

unique

The Cut  carborundum and drypoint  12cm X 12cm mounted £60  £100 framed  edition of 20

The Cut

carborundum and drypoint

12cm X 12cm mounted £60

£100 framed

edition of 20

White Downs III

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

77 x 112 cm unframed £700

unique

Manor Drove XI   drypoint ,  monoprint  and  carborundum   £375 framed

Manor Drove XI

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

£375 framed

Great North Fen in Winter XIII   drypoint ,  monoprint  and  carborundum   sold

Great North Fen in Winter XIII

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

sold

Summer Fen IX   drypoint ,  monoprint  and  carborundum   £350 framed  sold

Summer Fen IX

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

£350 framed

sold

Black Circles State V

carborundum

68 x 98 cm unframed £450

edition of 10

Thompson's Drove II

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

42 x 64 cm framed £295

unique

After the Harvest XI   drypoint ,  monoprint  and  carborundum   £435 framed

After the Harvest XI

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

£435 framed

Thompson's Drove I

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

42 x 64 cm framed £295

unique

Watch Croft IX

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

42 x 52 cm framed £350

unique

Around from Lizard point

carborundum and monoprint

42 x 56 cm £330 framed

unique

Fen Edge in Winter   drypoint ,  monoprint  and  carborundum   £315 mounted  edition of 35

Fen Edge in Winter

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

£315 mounted

edition of 35

Mow Fen XI   drypoint ,  monoprint  and  carborundum   £175 framed

Mow Fen XI

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

£175 framed


Sold

After the Harvest I

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Great North Fen in Summer VI

carborundum and monoprint

64 x 85cm £575 framed with artglass

sold

Black Fen XII   carborundum  and  monoprint   sold

Black Fen XII

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Great North Fen In Winter X

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

64 x 85 cm framed

unique

sold

Mow Fen III

carborundum, collagraph and drypoint

26 x 30 cm framed £155

unique

sold

June Fen II

carborundum and monoprint

54 x 60 cm £410 framed with artglass

sold

Adventurers' Fen II

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

sold

Black Fen IX

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

sold

Great North Fen in Winter

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Summer Fen I

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Wicken Fen II 1/1

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Winter Fen XII

carborundum and drypoint

sold

Sedge Fen V

Carborundum, Monoprint and Drypoint

29 x 29cm framed £215

sold

Mow Fen VI

Carborundum, Monoprint and Drypoint

28 x 32cm framed £215

sold

Sedge Fen IV

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

16 x 16 cm

sold

unique

Wicken Fen XII

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

68 x 116 cm framed

sold

unique

June Fen I

carborundum and monoprint

53 x 63 cm £410 framed with artglass

sold

Black Fen XV

Carborundum and Monoprint

41 x 51cm

sold

Great North Fen in Winter II 1/1

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

58 x 78 cm unframed

unique

sold

Great North Fen in Winter VI

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Watch Croft VIII 1/1

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Wicken Fen IX

carborundum and monoprint

sold

After The Harvest IX   carborundum  and  monoprint   sold

After The Harvest IX

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Sedge Fen II   carborundum ,  monoprint  and  drypoint   sold

Sedge Fen II

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

sold

Winter Fen I 1/1

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Winter Fen XIII

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Wicken Fen I 1/1

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Wicken Fen XI

carborundum and monoprint

sold

After the Harvest X

Carborundum and Monoprint

sold

After The Harvest VI

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

40 x 48 cm unframed

unique

sold

Sedge Fen IX   drypoint ,  monoprint  and  carborundum   sold

Sedge Fen IX

drypoint, monoprint and carborundum

sold

White Downs I

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

94 x 128 cm framed

sold

unique

Black Fen IV

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Summer Fen II

carborundum and monoprint

41 x 50cm framed £310

unique

sold

Wicken Fen XIII

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

68 x 116 cm framed

unique

sold

Adventurers' Fen I

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

32 x 31 cm unframed

45 x 44 cm framed £350

sold

Spring Fen I   carborundum  and  monoprint   sold

Spring Fen I

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Black Fen XIII

carborundum and monoprint

41 x 51cm £310 framed with artglass

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 X

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Winter Fen IV 1/1

carborundum and monoprint

sold

Adventurers' Fen III

carborundum, monoprint and drypoint

32 x 31 cm unique

sold

Goonhilly Downs V   carborundum  and  monoprint   sold

Goonhilly Downs V

carborundum and monoprint

sold