Out and AboutThe Finer Things

Paul Cleden is a printmaker and illustrator based in Dorchester. He has opened up his studio as part of Dorset Arts Weeks. Time for a visit.

Dorset Arts Weeks is a two week event running every other year. It’s on until the 10th of June so if you haven’t already you still have time to get out there and see some wonderful art all across the county.

He makes linocuts and collographs – full of figures, action and movement. Sports, in particular cycling is a favourite subject.

Printing in up to 4 colours (which is a complicated and exacting process) the cut lino blocks were there to explain how this is done and Paul is generous in talking through how he breaks down the image to achieve the final image.

He’s also planning workshops in the future…..name duly added to the list (as a dabbling printmaker yet to be brave enough to attempt more than one colour at a time!)

It’s always fascinating to visit artists in the space where they work and create – with the equipment and materials sitting alongside the art (although possibly a little tidier than usual). It’s altogether more absorbing than viewing in a gallery setting.

There is plenty of work to look at – all for sale. The advantage of prints being their affordability for the quality you get when compared to price of paintings. And you can always stock up cards if nothing else. As a printmaker Paul caters for all budgets right down to pocket money prices.

If printmakers are your thing you should also visit Liz Somerville, exhibiting as part of Browns Farm Creatives in Nettlecombe and also Bonfield Block-Printers in Thorncombe – a place so inspiring it deserves its own blog post later in the week. You have until this Sunday to get out there.