Susie Perring

Susie went to the London College of Printing in 1963-1967, and then worked as a graphic designer in the 60s and 70s. In 1984 she started full time as an artist, specialising as a printmaker in etchings – both line and aquatint.

She has have taught print at the LCP and for the Outreach programme of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Education Department. She has also created commissions for complete editions destined for P&O liners: Oriana, The Pride of Rotterdam, The Pride of Hull and Queen Mary 2.

Creating an Aquatint Print

Almost all of the prints on show are aquatints and you can see why I love it!
However, making a print is not as easy as you may think – and it’s all done by hand! You can see what’s involved in a video of me printing an ‘Out of the Blue’ print on YouTube: Click on this link to see it.

I should say that this 5-minute video is a heavily edited print – it takes me at least 45 minutes to make a print. Many thanks to my daughter in law Seeta Lingham for being producer, camera person and editor.

I haven’t shown the effort involved in making the plates, because it’s a cure for insomnia. Print – when you work on metal – is  an experimental medium. It may take up to a month and literally dozens of proofs (each time I alter the image on the metal) until I – mostly – get what I want.

However, all that effort is worth it! The medium is absolutely perfect for illustrating aspects that interest me most – colour, light and movement. This influences my subject matter: the swirling patterns of birds in flight; patterns of reflection and movement in water; fish gliding in dark but richly coloured depths.

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