jay seabrook

I am a printmaker and I produce original collagraph prints in small limited editions. They are inspired by the English countryside around me and frequent visits to the coast. I like to feature birds and trees and I add these small details with watercolour, having masked out small areas on the print. My prints are mostly colourful but sometimes dark.

I use an antique Hughes & Kimber etching press to produce my smaller collagraph prints at home. Edward Kimber was my Great Great Grandfather and his company manufactured printing presses in London from 1845. It is a joy to own, I only wish he knew!

For my larger work I use the presses at the Leicester Print Workshop, an artist facility in Leicester where I am a very active member. I am also a selected member of the Leicester Society of Artists.

I love the collagraph printmaking process, it can be unpredictable and I embrace those unexpected effects. I make my plates from mount board, cutting into them with a knife and peeling away layers. I add areas of carborundum and pva glue to add further tones and textures. It is a very versatile medium and I can even use dried plant material on the plates. Every time I print, the plate has to be re inked and wiped. So every print is slightly different and original. Sometimes I combine other printmaking processes with my Collagraphs, favourites are gum Arabic transfer and silk screen. Both of these processes mean I can introduce a photographic element.

I take my inspiration from the Rutland countryside where I live and frequent trips to the coast, Norfolk and Dorset. I am very lucky to have a spectacular view from my studio window.
I sell my Collagraphs through local exhibitions and galleries, Artfinder online, and various art fairs around the country.