Gallery

Liz Somerville

One of the paths to Hambledon Hill, off the back road to Shroton from Child Okeford, leads through fields of grass and corn. It’s an unusual view of the Hill; you are not conscious of its vastness but more of the abrupt way it starts, its massive bulk appears from nowhere. It’s this that struck me, I didn’t want to do a conventional view, I never do.

In this second solo show at the Art Stable, Liz continues to develop her style and technique, rendering the hills, valleys and coastline of Dorset in her distinctive way, first working up a monochromatic drawing and then from that, a linocut, each impression of which will be different. Still inspired by the very English flavour of Bawden and Ravilious, she also loves the woodblock prints of eastern Europe and Russia, and 1960s and ‘70s children’s book illustration, particularly Brian Wildsmith, and Pat Hutchins of ‘Rosie’s Walk’ fame.

Liz graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1988 with a degree in textile design and spent sixteen years working as a designer in London, before moving to Dorset and becoming a full-time artist. Her work has been exhibited widely in galleries and exhibitions within the UK, including The Royal West of England Academy in Bristol and the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth.

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Path to Hambledon
linocut
56 x 75 cm
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Burning Cliff
linocut
127 x 80 cm
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We are Islands
linocut
63 x 78 cm
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Park Life
linocut
107 x 79 cm
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Liz Somerville
Almost a Distant Land
linocut
74 x 103 cm
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Dancing Ledge
linocut
90 x 90 xm