Ian MacCulloch is a contemporary printmaking artist from Northampton where he currently resides working not only as an artist, but also a teacher and a designer. He studied at Northampton School Of Art, where his practice evolved to form a focus on the representation of the English landscape in all it’s diversity, with trees being of special interest. Ian works in a variety of printmaking techniques, but especially enjoys the graphic qualities presented by etching and woodcutting.
His work encompasses a wide variety of subject matter, from animals to architecture and is realised in a variety of printmaking media. Other inspiration comes from the natural and manmade landscape often observed in the evening or early morning when the low sun reveals hidden texture and detail. Many of his prints are hand coloured in order to increase vibrancy and atmosphere.
The landscape series of etchings are mainly concerned with the atmospheric qualities of light, especially at dusk and sunrise. Ian believes that the light at this time of day is often evocative and revealing in the way texture, pattern and colour are enhanced. For that reason he does not print in a single colour, but prefers to experiment with atmosphere and mood, consequently to some degree each print is unique.
Ian’s work has exhibited across the country in various galleries and exhibitions and he is a member of the Printmakers Council. His work is in many public and private collections and has also been presented several times at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition as well as the RWS.