Ianâs mixed media work begins by using the monoprint process whereby an image is painted or drawn onto a perspex or metal plate. This image is then transferred onto paper, once only (hence the word âmonoprintâ) using an etching press. Ian then works directly on the image using inks, oil pastels or any other medium that seems appropriate. The immediacy and unpredictability inherent in this process is one of the main advantages of this method. In the end, the colours retain their luminosity, creating an interesting and exciting piece of work.
Ian says, âAlthough my style is time-consuming it sometimes brings unexpected results â strange subtleties of texture, small-scale accidental effects or sudden illusions and it is these unexpected effects that I find most rewarding. If any piece of work can create an atmosphere before the viewer has time to analyse whatâs going on, then I consider it to be a success.â
Particularly in his Manchester paintings, Ian aims to convey some of the energy, atmosphere and vibrancy of an ever-changing city that he has known since childhood. He has exhibited in mixed shows mainly throughout the North West.
Our gallery is host to Ian Jarmanâs first solo show. Wendy says, âWe are very pleased to present Ianâs first solo show in Manchester. It has been exciting to see his work develop into these truly vibrant works of art and the demand for Ianâs work has risen remarkablyâ.