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Ross Loveday profile
The fine line which separates figuration and abstraction interests me; time, place, weather and light alongside gesture, glimpse and memory. The subjects are only the starting points – sometimes small insignificant details or texture triggers a complete piece.

I was born and grew up in Wales and studied Optometry in Cardiff, practising as an optician for many years. I started drawing and painting as a hobby in my early 30s, having enjoyed art at school. I began to enter national and regional art exhibitions and was lucky enough to win several prizes, including having my work selected by the Prince of Wales and purchased for his private collection. In 1996 I had my first solo exhibition.

I made my first prints alongside master printer Stanley Jones at the renowned Curwen Studio in Cambridgeshire before going on several courses to study the drypoint and carborundum technique. After winning The Julian Trevelyan Award at Originals 2008 (at the Mall Galleries in London) I decided to focus on my printmaking, working with Leicester Print Workshop who specialise in carborundum printing.

Chance and accident in my work are embraced and enjoyed. I don’t draw much or plan anything out and when I start a work I’m never quite sure where it will take me. Although my prints are inspired by the landscape, my emphasis is on abstraction and texture. I use natural earth colours – greys, browns, blues – to suggest the unique feel of a place, to capture a fleeting moment.

I try to capture the atmosphere of the British landscape. The transient mood and light of the four seasons is what I aim to achieve in my paintings. I hope to convey the feelings of the place and not it’s description.
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my inspiration

My inspiration comes from many places – the Saltmarshes of North Norfolk, the Pembrokeshire coast, or on walks closer to home in Essex – but the location itself isn’t that important. I want to convey an atmosphere – the essence of the place – and to capture the mood and light of a particular moment rather than its topography. The subjects are only the starting points, sometimes a small insignificant detail or texture – a thorn bush by a path or twigs poking through the snow – triggers a new print.

I first became aware of the drypoint and carborundum technique in the work of Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies and in prints by Miro. I also admire Howard Hodgkin and Irish artist Hughie O’Donoghue – all take a different subject matter but all use carborundum in their printmaking.

More recently, rather than looking to other fine artists, I’ve been finding inspiration in Japanese pottery, and the decorative thick calligraphic brush strokes used on Japanese ceramics. Mark making is important in my work.

I used to run a live music venue in Wales and music is very important to me. In the studio I listen to jazz and pop while I work and I especially like Joni Mitchell and Peter Gabriel. Sometimes the lyrics inform the work or provide a title for a print.


Printmaker Today Spring ‘09

Drawing the Line – Gemma Wright talks to Ross Loveday

Venue, Arts in the East: Autumn 2012-10-23


Palmer and Me – A documentary tracing the works of Samuel Palmer as they are reinvented by contemporary printmakers.


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awards and prizes

London Print Fair – Royal Academy

London Print Fair – Royal Academy

The Masters, Bankside Gallery

Woolwich Contemporary

Intaglio Printmaker Prize at The National Open Print Competition

neo:PrintPrize, Prize winner, solo show

The National Open Art Competition (NOAC) – The East of England Regional Award

Eastern Open – 2 prints selected

Printmaker of the Year – Printfest Runner up

Printfest 2012 – Voted Printmaker’s Printmaker

Midlands Print – Tarpey Gallery

Passion 2 Print, Leicester – Print Show

Bircham Gallery, Holt – Featured printmaker

BITE Mall Gallery – 2 prints selected

BITE: Artists Making Prints – Print selected

Originals ’10 – The Contemporary Printmaking Show

The Mall Gallery, London – Selected

Eastern Open, Kings Lynn – Selected and Prize Winner ‘Best Print’ and Postcard Award

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – Print selected

Royal West of England Autumn Exhibition – 2 prints selected

Passion 2 Print, Leicester/Kings Lynn Touring Exhibition

Paintings in Hospitals – Print Selected

Eastern Art Open – Fermoy Gallery, Kings Lynn Selected and awarded the Printmaker Prize

ORIGINALS ’09 – The Contemporary Printmaking Show

The Mall Gallery, London, The Arts Club prize

Royal West of England Academy – RWA Open Print Competition

Selected and awarded The Intaglio Award

Discerning Eye Exhibition

5 prints selected by Anita Klein

Brenda Fenton & Frances Carey

The National Open Art Competition

ORIGINALS ‘08 – The Contemporary Printmaking Show

The Mall Gallery, London

Julian Trevelyan Award selected by Mary Feddon

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