I’m Carolyn Murphy, a Manchester-based artist and printmaker. My first passion is linocut printmaking and more recently I’ve been exploring collagraphs, etchings, monoprints and printing onto fabric. I am a member of Hot Bed Press in Salford and Prospect Printmakers in Rossendale.
I’m proud to have sold work in galleries, exhibitions and privately to art buyers across the UK and internationally. I have completed a commission for Macmillan Cancer Support.
My ‘Barn Owl’ linocut, which I created for my niece, features in a fabulous book called ‘The Elegant Fowl’, a parliament of printmakers’ owls.
What drives me as a printmaker?
In my work I aim to capture a sense of place and often of escape. I’m interested in beautiful, wild and wilderness landscapes, but also in hidden, atmospheric and industrial places.
I do like to experiment and I am happiest when my work captures the essence of a location close to my heart, including Manchester. I enjoy walking in remote hills, on the coastline and in the city. It gives me a chance to reflect and ponder, to re-balance, step off the busy world for a moment and glory in a simpler life.
Why a passion for linocut?
I find the physical process of cutting lino plates really enjoyable and absorbing. I’m excited by the way small choices and decisions I make at every stage have an impact. The process itself can be complex and takes time and care. My work is mainly original linocut prints onto paper, although I have also been exploring linocut printing on fabric too, and I held a workshop on this, a few years ago, in the Lake District.
Where I work
Most of the time I work from my home studio in Manchester and print some work at Hot Bed Press, an open access printmaking workshop in Salford, where I’ve been a member since 2011. I use their fantastic relief and etching presses for my larger work.
I also regularly print at Alan Birch’s print workshop at Prospect Studio in Rossendale, Lancashire and often exhibit with other Prospect Printmakers.
Apart from linocut, I have developed work in a broader range of print media, including drypoint, collagraph, monoprinting and etching, as well as screen printing. In 2012 I was part of the first ‘Complete Printmaker’ course, run by Hot Bed Press.
Find out more
- For information on past exhibitions, print fairs and more click here
- Visit my Gallery to see my work – or check out my SHOP
- Greetings cards of some of my linocuts are now for sale on the ‘Love From The Artist’ website
- See latest News and events coming up
- Find more ‘behind the scenes’ stuff, work in progress projects and broader printmaking topics on my Blog
Please don’t hesitate to contact me about my printmaking.