Previous AA2A Artist

Richard Peacock

Project summary:

I am a printmaker. I make limited edition screenprints, woodcuts and etchings. There are two main themes to my work.

The first concerns abstraction. I use colour, shape, repetition and variation to construct rhythmic abstract screenprints. I use changes in the weight of the inks, variations in the edges of the shapes and in the order of overlapping colours to build broken patterns that engage the eye over a period of time. 

The second concerns text. I am interested in small emotions and the everyday passage of time as expressed in commonplace phrases. I see these as emblems of hope, perseverance, desperation or resignation. They can also be humourous.

Since I moved into my current studio in North London I have concentrated on making screenprints. The AA2A scheme has given me the opportunity to revisit some other techniques, particularly woodcuts. This has been very useful – I have made six prints during this period and each one has opened up new possibilities for me. I use rough plywood for my woodcuts, sometimes salvaged from skips. I love the light and air the grain brings to geometric abstract composition and the way it responds and resists the cutting tools.

'Come and visit London underwater!'
woodcut - 75 x 70cm