Sinclair Ashman is the artist behind The Art Printworks. Previous work in abstract photography led to exhibitions in London, East Sussex and Suffolk, where many of the images were taken. In recent years, Sinclair has discovered printmaking and it now dominates his creative practice. Through the collagraph process, he experiments with a wide variety of man-made and natural materials, building layers of texture on birch plywood printing plates, before inking and printing them through an etching press. He produces works of up to a metre in length, challenging perceptions of the art form as small and precious. Sinclair does not produce print editions – each of his works is a 'unique' print, where the printing plate is individually inked for each impression, in colours or tones that differ one from another.
Dishcloths, plastic fruit bags, household filler, leaves and twigs, varnishes and plastic washers and layers of card have all been used to create his printing plates. On the print side, he explores the use of metallic inks, Chine-collé and embossings.
'Anomalies', a solo exhibition by Sinclair Ashman, will be at The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber, from 10 September 2016.