Norman Ackroyd | The Infernal Method

This new exhibition of etchings and watercolours by Norman Ackroyd RA opens this September at the Eames Fine Art Gallery, just around the corner from Norman's own studio, on Bermondsey Street, London. 


Unable to make his usual excursions around the British Isles for new inspiration last year, Norman Ackroyd has been in the lucky position of having his memories of so many other trips preserved in his sketch books. This year Norman has been focusing on the process of working from his watercolour studies made in situ - often salt-encrusted from being painted whilst on a boat journeying through sea spray and all weather conditions - into etchings made in his London studio.  In this exhibition,  'The Infernal Method', Norman fully examines the process of working from the plein-air sketches to the first marks on an etching plate, to then adding all of the layers of tone, texture and line that he builds up over a series of proofs; using all the glorious effects that the etching process has to offer to bring these memories back to life in print.