Ian ‘Spike’ Farrawell – Artist statement
I am an artist from Canberra, Australia who specialises in printmaking and bookbinding.
I was introduced to linocut printing and bookbinding around 2009; I loved it straight away. Although I favour working with linocut prints, I also enjoy experimenting with other mediums such as Dry point etchings, Collographs and Eco prints. My print making process mainly involves the use Silkcut lino and old book presses in my studio.
I have a love of old books and book illustrations which influence my works. I also take inspiration from ordinary life and people going about their day to day jobs. Architecture, urban scenery and the countryside are another part of life that inspires my work.
I am a mostly self taught artist and I have completed both print making and book binding workshops.
I have exhibited my works in Canberra and surrounds since I started printmaking and have works in private collections in Australia and overseas.