Exhibition: Friday 15th September – 11th October 2017
This September, Bedford School hosts an exhibition of one of the country’s most iconic printmakers, Paul Catherall.
Paul is best known for his posters in association with Transport for London and the Southbank Centre, but he has also produced work for the Higgins as part of a commission in 2010 to celebrate the Cardington sheds and the town’s airship heritage.
“I produced a print for the Higgins’ exhibition and two further black and white prints,” Paul told us. “The airships in the print are from the 1930s and my work is heavily influenced by the railway posters of that era.”
Born in Coventry, Paul trained as an illustrator at Leicester Poly and graduated in 1989. “We took our degree show to London to try and get a job and I never came back! For 8 years I was a jobbing figurative illustrator, but it was a struggle. I became influenced by the American artist Michael Schwab while in San Francisco and got myself a lino press. I started making prints at home in the late 90s. At the time, lots of iconic new buildings were springing up around London including the Millennium Dome, the London Eye and the British Library. I decided to leave drawing people and bodies behind and record these new buildings.”
Paul describes lino printing as a sophisticated version of potato printing, and will talking through his artistic process in more depth at the Gilbert Lloyd lecture he’s giving at Bedford school on Thursday 21st September. The lecture and exhibition are free to attend and all are welcome.
Bedford School, d’Parys Avenue, Bedford, MK40 2TU tel: 01234 362200