Brian Hanscomb

Born in 1944 at Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, Brian followed the family tradition and was apprenticed at the age of 16 in the print industry, in his case, as a letter press engraver, later qualifying as a gravure industrial engraver. He left the print industry in 1979 to work full time as an artist engraver at home, now in St Breward, Cornwall. He loves, and is inspired by, the work of many artists, including early English romantics, notably the followers of William Blake such as Samuel Palmer and Edward Calvert. He also gains much inspiration from the landscape, especially that of Bodmin Moor, around which he frequently rides on his bicycle. A spiritual aspect often imbues his work through his appreciation of Zen Buddhism and personal aspects of Christianity, the latter particularly shown in the engraving "Christ appears in the Factory". Very often, a small snail appears, a quirky symbol of his work and also the Zen Buddhist meditational walk of Kinhin, reflecting just how long some engravings take.

Moonrise, Cornwall
copperplate engraving
5.5cm x 9.2cm

Camel Valley Cornwall
copperplate engraving
10.5cm x 11.4cm