Peter Reddick was one of the leading wood engravers in the UK, and his artistic integrity and wealth of experience made him a most outstanding engraver and illustrator. His work and output were extraordinary. While his subject matter was often deeply traditional, centred on an immemorial sense of the land and of rural life, Reddick brought a contemporary approach to his medium. To achieve complex expressions, free flowing lines and intense detail from a process which can be very unforgiving showed the confidence of an artist totally in control of his technique – trusting his eye and hand.
He loves drawing, landscape, literature and calligraphy, enriching each work allowing the image to have depth and vitality which reaches back to Hogarth and Palmer but also sat easily with contemporary work by Emma Stibbon and Thomas Kilpper.
Inspired by his work and wood engraving, and also visiting a geological museum in Bristol, I came up with idea of how to communicate with my audiences. The way wood engraving can provide mass product easily with personal touch in each one unlike computer works, the layers of time, volume, activities and people can be laid on top of each other. One important layer can be highlighted by different methods.
Peter Reddick Exhibition at Royal West of England Academy (2012) [site visit],
RWDA. (2012) Beautiful World: The Work of Peter Reddick [www document]. http://rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2012/04/exhibitions-beautiful-world/