Julian Meredith, Extinction
4 October - 2 November 19
Julian Meredith’s work emanates from the natural world and references the critical environmental concerns which we are now facing, particularly the loss of habitat and extinction of species. His work depicts sea creatures, birds and other once commonplace animals whose numbers are now depleted.
Meredith's powerful life-sized prints, often printed in his signature Prussian blue ink, are cut and meticulously printed by hand from sawn planks of elm, stencilled on Japanese papers or printed directly from dead animals.
Julian Meredith is a printmaker working mainly in woodcut as well as relief printing, creating images taken from large planks of wood and from objects which are found in the landscape in which he works; this could be from animals, feathers, fish etc. A proportion of Julian’s work is also site specific, being constructed or drawn directly on the landscape – fish, cetaceans and more ambiguous images, hundreds of feet long, some permanent and some drawn in sand and snow.
Northern Print has had the pleasure of working with Julian on several occasions over the last 25 years; the last time being in 2009 as part of International Print Biennale, when Julian did a residency in the Great Hall at Discovery Museum in Newcastle, gradually printing a life-sized woodcut of a whale!
Julian has shown his work nationally and internationally including in the UK, Spain and Japan. His work has won numerous awards and is held in many collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum; Natural History Museum, London and Cartwright Hall, Bradford.