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Alison Read

Artist Biography

Alison Read

Alison Read studied fine art at Newcastle University . She was subsequently chosen to exhibit in the RCA and then commissioned by Lord Rothschild to make a life-size bronze sculpture of five running dogs.

Despite this success in sculpture, she went on to run the Printmaking Workshop at Lincoln University for the next 9 years. Here, Alison completed her MA degree and began exhibiting her own work. This led to her going it alone as a commercial artist printmaker three years ago and this is how she now makes her living.

Alison’s upbringing on a farm explains her preoccupation with animals in her work. Cows, cats, dogs and chickens were her constant companions. “Although I love all forms of printmaking, my current favourite is the woodcut, and I attack my plates quite brutally at times,” says Alison. “I am always surprised at how simple they are; just a few lines to denote the essentials. I like the hands-on nature of producing a plate and its immediacy. I don’t keep highly detailed sketchbooks as I use the plate rather than paper to work out ideas. I think this is why my images are quirky, if I plan too much I find this is often lost”.