Crumpled Paper and Molten Wax

Who knew that crumpled paper and molten wax could be formed into blossoming, delicate art! What’s more it was the result of admonishing climate change denial!

Field by Bill Zima

Field by Bill Zima

Artist Bill Zima grew up in Chicago but now lives in Scotland where he has reconnected with nature and is inspired by the trees around him changing colours in the seasons.

Bill writes "I never have a preconceived notion of the colour, the piece always guides me in this regard. I respond to the shapes and patterns of the wrinkles, to draw tree trunks and/or branches with charcoal. Oil paint is used for the overall tree and branch structure.  I apply a beeswax/resin ‘glaze’ coating with a palette knife. After the wax phase is complete the whole painting is painted completely black and the oil paint is removed, leaving marks, crevices and traces thus creating a type of visual history. There is a significant amount of chance in this step as I am not entirely sure where the black marks will be. When dry the painting is buffed extensively with steel wool”. Bill even makes his own frames, embedding the image in deep set wood. 

ME3 by Bill Zima

ME3 by Bill Zima

Bill has always been interested in the environment. "When I was a young artist I called myself an environmentalist. Over time, I recognised my carbon footprint was significant and stopped using this description. I am still concerned and worried about the state of the planet. I am also quite dismayed at the coterie who claim there has been no climate change and it was whilst grumbling about these individuals the current body of work was inspired. I was quite angry/upset about climate change denial and distracted with these thoughts when I botched a drawing, crumpled the paper and threw it in the bin. After a few moments of reverie, staring at the shadows formed on the crumpled paper, I connected the thoughts of a ‘throw-away’ society with the trees I began to make.  I extensively manipulated the Kozuke paper (strategic wrinkling) in a rough shape of a tree and then glued the paper to 6mm mdf”  and hence a new technique began.....

H.-Micrantha by Bill Zima

H.-Micrantha by Bill Zima

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Artworks by Bill Zima are available now at Gallery and Barrow, in Bath, UK

Bravo Anna Harley

Well done to Anna Harley for selling over 20 prints at the Affordable art fair in Hampstead! It seems her series on trees is a particularly popular subject matter for the residents of Hampstead, plus they are absolutely beautiful screen prints of course, with subtle tones and a few soft metallics thrown in. We just love them - I think we need a re-stock!

MoonShadow and Willow with Seagulls by Anna Harley

MoonShadow and Willow with Seagulls by Anna Harley

Anna also has Moon Shadow in the Victoria Gallery in Bath currently as part of the Bath Society of Artists group exhibition. On view until July 15th

Studio Visits: Artist Anna Harley

It’s always a joy to go on a studio visit to see where an artist works and all their prints in one place. This week Screen Printer Anna Harley opened her studio doors and inside was an Aladin’s cave of fabulously ordered screen prints. Having seen work online it’s sometimes a wonderful surprise when artwork in the flesh looks even more breath-taking

Anna Harley screen print

Anna Harley screen print

Anna Harley graduated from UWE with a Masters Degree in Printmaking, specialising in Screen print, and is now an active member of Spike print studio in Bristol. Anna uses a combination of drawing, digital photography and objects directly exposed on the screen, to create the individual layers in the prints

Mendip Hinds by Anna Harley

Mendip Hinds by Anna Harley

While so many screen printers are tempted to use bold, bright colours, we love the muted tones of Anna’s work. Anna’s talent combines fine art and design and is a happy crossover between the two.  Anna recently exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and The Mall Gallery in London, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts (AKI), Enschede, Holland and The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. It’s really worth viewing these in the flesh though, to get the full appreciation of the subtleties in the work. Come find us at the Hampstead art fair in May or in the Bath gallery space in April (details coming soon!)

Willow with Seagulls by Anna Harley

Willow with Seagulls by Anna Harley