John Booth's etchings and aquatints
are inspired by the natural world and the symbolic landscapes
of dreams. His prints combine a figurative approach
to drawing with the mark-making techniques unique to
etching and aquatint.
His images are sometimes realistic,
sometimes abstract, depending on the degree to which
the etching process is allowed to intrude.
The landscapes are etched from life,
taking steel plates out into the countryside to use
as a painter would use oils and canvas.
Back in the studio the etching acid,
etching techniques and time are allowed to modify the
plates so that the final images owe as much to the etching
process as to the original drawing.
The dream images represent the symbolic
landscapes of the unconscious. He chooses dreams that
have inexplicable meanings; the ambivalent nature of
the imagery allowing the viewer to form their own interpretation.
John follows the historic intaglio
methods of the fine art printmaking tradition. The etchings
are created on zinc or steel plates. He hand-prints
the etchings, indented into Somerset Satin oversized
laid paper and supplies the prints ready for trimming
and framing in strictly limited editions. He also supplies
fine art giclee prints on archival paper.