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Dorset Visual Arts,
Little Keep, Bridport Road,
Dorchester, Dorset

DT1 1SQ

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01305 853100

ROBIN MACKENZIE

About Robin Mackenzie

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"I create all of my prints using a Victorian Albion press dating from 1854. It is fantastic to work with a piece of engineering with so much history and that was designed so perfectly to fit its purpose. I am inspired every time that I use it.

With wood engraving the artist must be deeply involved in every aspect of the process; choosing the correct block, transferring a detailed drawing to the polished surface, the careful incising of the marks and textures that will make up the image and the final printing of the engraving."

I am an illustrator and printmaker. I was born in Poole in 1992, and a passion for art began at Poole Grammar School where my interest in painting and detailed depictions of landscape was encouraged.  I went to the Arts University Bournemouth to undertake a National Diploma in Art & Design and subsequently chose to specialize in Illustration for my degree.  At this stage I was still painting and had not yet discovered printmaking, which was to become my real calling and area of expertise. 

 

It was during my second year that I came across the work of Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, two highly renowned printmakers and designers of the early 20th century, and I tried my hand at lino cutting.  I was hooked from the start and began to develop my technique and progressed to the demanding medium of wood engraving.  In the polished surface of the end grain blocks of boxwood, I found a medium that could reflect the detailed textures of the landscapes I sought to capture in print.

 

In 2016 I moved in to my current studio at Walford Mill Crafts in Wimborne.  I create all of my prints using a Victorian Albion press dating from 1854. It is fantastic to work with a piece of engineering with so much history and that was designed so perfectly to fit its purpose.  I am inspired every time that I use it.

 

With wood engraving the artist must be deeply involved in every aspect of the process; choosing the correct block, transferring a detailed drawing to the polished surface, the careful incising of the marks and textures that will make up the image and the final printing of the engraving.  When including colour within my  prints I frequently use the reduction method of printing.  Only one block is used and through a sequence of progressive cuttings, inkings and printings, the image slowly emerges while the actual printing block is destroyed. 

 

I teach workshops in wood engraving and linocut from my studio and I am a visiting tutor at the Arts University Bournemouth. I won the Dorset Visual Arts Prize in 2013 and was elected to the Society of Wood Engravers in 2016 and to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in 2017.  I am also now on the board of trustees for Dorset Visual Arts.