Friday 16 April 2010

Sunday 11 April 2010


Cambridge Art School had a very active and comprehensive Print Department with studios in a separate building. Etching, Silkscreen and lino-cutting were all overseen by the Head of Department Walter Hoyle (1922 - 2000).

Walter trained at Beckenham School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where he was strongly influenced as an artist in watercolour and printmaking by the famous artist Edward Bawden, who, recognising his talent, invited him to assist in a mural commission for the 1951 Festival of Britain on the South Bank in London. He lived in Great Bardfield for twenty-two years, and taught printmaking at the Cambridge School of Art 1964-1985.

Lino-cutting is a much underrated print medium so I thought I would show some examples here. 

Walter Hoyle:

Kings College, Cambridge

Kings College, Cambridge

Jesus College, Cambridge

Another tutor at Cambridge was Paul Beck (1922 - ). Paul lived at Redgates, Seward’s End, near Saffron Walden while teaching at the Cambridge School of Art. Trained at Gravesend School of Art and the RCA he combines printmaking with watercolour work. He worked in advertising and theatre design before teaching and later making a living in his chosen fields. Paul, now 84, lives alone in Ramsgate and is considered a friend. 

Paul Beck:

Ely Cathedral

Hoys Cart

Edward Bawden CBE RA (1903 - 1989) was a successful and prolific illustrator and graphic designer. His wide ranging commissions included designs for posters, press advertisements (including a series for London Transport), book illustrations, ceramic decorations, wallpaper and textiles. He taught graphic design at the Royal College of Art (1930–40 and 1948–53). He was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 1948. 

Edward Bawden:

Borough Market, London

Brighton Pier, Sussex

Leadenhall Market, London

Kew Gardens, London