Thames Bridges East Etching 2015 - Etching by John Duffin
61 x 46 cm
Edition of 150
John Duffin's work was accepted at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014
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John Duffin RE – Printmaking Statement
I make prints in the mediums of etching, lithography and monotypes, all depicting the urban environment that I have been using as my subject matter for nearly 30 years. As a trained Draughtsman and Naval Architect who was educated at Goldsmiths’ College alongside the YBA’s I have distilled an approach to urban imagery that is formed from my architectural and Fine Art training.
My prints are the product of many hours drawing with a 4B pencil in sketchbooks and on scraps of paper in the city, the subjects are places that have played a role in my life at some point, sites of meetings, departures, good and bad memories, old friendships and lost times. This life experience is what I am really after in my prints, I want the mood, atmosphere and sensation of what that place and time was and is to me now, the train stations, tube platforms and public buildings of London have been witnesses and advocates in my life and when working on them as subjects all of that life experience plays a part in the making of the image.
In the studio I draw on my years in the Shipyard Drawing Office and utilize my naval architecture training to begin to distort and visualize the subject matter to become not only what I saw but also more importantly what I felt, creating urban dramas from the architecture and lighting of the city. The figures in my work always arrive at the end of the composition, they give meaning and resonance to the spaces and I deliberate for weeks on the placing of a lone figure, a cast shadow or wet reflection, every mark has to be just right to make the composition act on the viewer’s psyche as the original location acted upon mine.
John Duffin 2014.