Selkies

In 2011 I was fortunate to see a retrospective exhibition of the Kinngait Studios while visiting the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada. The stark and sinous style of the Inuit printmakers had a huge influence on my way of constructing an image, and encouraged me to use minimal interventions and background details.
At the same time I had become interested in the Celtic and Skandinavian legends of the shapeshifting Selkie folk, and was searching for a way to translate the ambiguous situations and transformations into simple but striking imagery.
On Land

lithograph,
2012
40 x 50 cm
3 variations, limited numbers
Boat

lithograph,
2012
40 x 50 cm


The natural mottling of the stone provides the interesting relief structure for the background.
Saving/Drowning

lithograph,
2012
38 x 50 cm
Sealbaby

lithograph, 2013
limited edition of 5
Ghost/Sealskin

lithograph, 2013
limited edition of 6
In the Boat


lithograph, 2013
limited edition of 6
Iceberg

lithograph, 2013
limited edition of 7
Jellyfish

lithograph, 2013
limited edition of 5
Under the Ice

artist’s book, 2014. 24 pages, 12 x 12 cm
Digital print.

available in my online shop
The Finman

screenprint, 2014
28 x 76 cm

Based on 17th-Century reports of "mermaid" sightings on Orkney, and their connection to the myths of the Finfolk and Selkies.
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