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About Eric Gaskell

I have been painting and exhibiting since 1980 and believe good draftsmanship is a prerequisite of good art and I always have a drawing book in use, drawing from life and experience. Generally the “life” helps to realise form and structure, while the “experience” lets me move ideas forward.

My work is about the process of making a picture. I let the works swap ideas each picture influencing the next. When an idea, a mark, or a colour works on one, I use it on others. I work on board (mdf) were I like to feel the resistance of the surface and I use acrylics which lets me reform the painting, block out areas and change colour balances fast, but I also use canvas and oil, when the picture lets me. I am interested in letting the picture develop from within itself. Allowing shape and colour, texture and mark to suggest the next, letting the image dictate and change the form. The lino cut has become an important part of my work, where the graphic and immediate mark-making suit the way I think. So far.

Publications, Collections & Blogs

Layout at ASDA - A design manual (DIOL Ltd 1987)
International Artist - July 2003
Drawing as Grammar - SGFA 2006
Computer Arts Projects Magazine- Feb 2007
Ancestors - Feb 2008
Making sense of places, Rugby - 2008
SGFA Newsletter - 2009
Canal Linocuts along the English & Welsh waterways - 2009
Small Print: Big Impression, Leicester Print Workshop 2011
8th British International Mini Print, Printmakers Council - 2012
eye 2 i, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum - 2012
"American Blues", Holland House - 2013
Works on Paper, Printmakers Council - 2014
"Waterfront" magazine, CRT - 2014
"Narrow Boat", The History Press - 2014
"Making an Impression" Printmakers Council - 2015
“The Language of Belonging”, Holland House - 2016
Small Print International, Leicester Print Workshop - 2016
Pushing Boundaries, Printmakers Council 2016

The Royal Collection 2014
V&A Collection 2015
Scarborough Collection 2016

The Fern Journal
Handprinted
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Links

Printmakers Council
RBSA
GOWA
Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum
Nantwich Museum & Art Gallery
Audlem Mill Gallery
Ellesmere Port Canal Museum
The London Canal Museum
Canal Junction
Waterscape
Jim Shead - Waterways Photographer

Exhibitions [Group & Solo]

  • Norwich Arts Centre (1980, 01)
  • Sunderland Arts Centre (1980, 81)
  • Alnwick Arts Centre (1981)
  • Hull City Gallery (1981)
  • Middlesborough Arts Centre (1981)
  • Luton Open (1989)
  • Association of Illustrators(Best unpublished 1990)
  • Pentagon Typography Gallery (1992)
  • Eakring Gallery (1992, 93)
  • Robbins Building, Rugby (2000, 01)
  • Rugby School Art Gallery (2001, 03)
  • 12x12 Newcastle (2004)
  • Society of Graphic Fine Art -Bath (2003, 04)
  • The WonderwallGallery - Cirencester (2003, 04)
  • Montserrat Gallery- New York (2004)
  • Ghent Expo, Belgium (2004)
  • The Salon, Greenwich, New York (2005)
  • SGFA, Menier Gallery, London (2005-2017)
  • Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open (2006)
  • Warwickshire Open Studios (2006, 08, 10, 12-15)
  • "Family Line" Rugby Art Gallery & Museum (2008)
  • Society of Graphic Fine Art - Jane Powell Gallery (2008)
  • Solihull Arts Complex (2008)
  • Salisbury Arts Centre (2009)
  • Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury (2009)
  • The Drumcroon Arts Centre, Wigan (2009)
  • Royal Leamington Spa Open (2009, 11)
  • The Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne (2010)
  • Rugby Artist's Group, Rugby (2010, 11, 12, 14)
  • The Mill, Little Shrewley (2010)
  • RBSA Print Biennial (2010, 12)
  • 4 women, 1 bloke, Lewis Gallery, Rugby (2010)
  • Charlecote House, Warwickshire (2010-11)
  • Leicester Print Workshop (LPW)- Small Print: Big Impression - Touring show (2011-12)
  • GoWA, Audlem Mill, Audlem (2011-17)
  • Nantwich Museum & Gallery, Cheshire (2011)
  • Nantwich Arts Festival, Cheshire (2011)
  • Ellesmere Port Museum (2011, 13)
  • The Canal Museum, London (2011, 13-14)
  • Eye 2 i, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum (2012)
  • The 8th British Mini-Print Exhibition (2012-2014)
  • The Canal Museum, Gloucester (2012)
  • SGFA South West - Ilminster (2012)
  • GoWA, Braunston (2013)
  • Old Gallery, Leamington Spa (2013)
  • GoWA, Black Country Museum, Dudley (2013, 15)
  • Hand Drawn, St Helens Glass Museum (2013)
  • International Miniatures, Quebec, Canada (2013)
  • Harris & Moore, Birmingham (2014)
  • Alchemy Responses, Rugby Art Gallery (2014)
  • Audlem Mill, Cheshire (2014, 15, 16)
  • Lansdown Gallery, Stroud (2014)
  • Wallbridge, Stroud (2014, 15)
  • Alchemy, Floor One, Rugby (2014)
  • Printmakers Council (PMC), Barbican Library (2015)
  • Paper Works, SGFA, RK Burt, London (2015, 2016)
  • "All We Are Saying", Gateshead (2015)
  • Big Draw, St Helens Glass Museum (2015)
  • 50 years of Artists Prints, PMC, Bankside (2015)
  • Rugby Football Open, Rugby (2015-16)
  • LPW - Small Print International (2016-17)
  • "Pushing Boundaries" PMC, Ireland (2016-17)
  • Welshpool Powysland Museum (2016)
  • The Rugby Gallery Open (2000-2006, 2008-2016)
  • "Loosely Bound" PMC, London/Suffolk (2016-17)
  • The Scarborough Archive (2017)
  • "Drawn Together" Chesterfield Museum (2017)
  • "Alchemy" Atkins Gallery, Hinckley (2017)
  • "Water, locks & linocuts" Ellesmere Port Museum (2017)
  • "Best of times, worst of times" Alchemy, Rugby (2017)
  • "Print City" Morley Gallery, PMC (2017)