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Glenn Tomkinson

Glenn Tomkinson

Born in 1944, Glenn has been making prints since his school-days. He originally trained as an Art teacher and in the late 60s took advantage of the Teacher’s Workshop at Carlisle College of Art to learn etching and aquatint and now mainly works with aquatint sometimes combined with etching in which his youthful flirtation with abstraction informs his reaction to landscape.

Glenn produces small editions of up to 20 although he constantly experiments with wiping and inking while printing the edition so no two prints are identical. It is the limitations and difficulties of printmaking which allow Glenn to find the essential elements in the image. Glenn’s work is mainly inspired by landscape and acknowledges the influence of the abstract in art while retaining a response to the visual stimulus of the world around us.

For 25 years he lived in Kent and latterly exhibited with the “Image group” of printmakers based in Whitstable. He returned to Cumbria in 2003 and has been able to establish
his own studio. Glenn has exhibited widely within the county and the surrounding areas including Printfest. Recently he was commissioned by Faber and Faber to design the cover for their current edition of Wordsworth’s poetry.