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Angela Brookes

Angela Brookes was first introduced to printmaking at the Central School of Art where she studied ceramics and later discovered the art of etching where she was seduced by the magical quality of ink transferred onto paper under intense pressure. 

Angela works from her own studio using her Bewick press and has developed some unorthodox processes which suit her working set up. Angela's favoured printing process is etching, using soft ground, aquatint and spit-bite, sometimes using two plates. She loves the qualities of aquatint, where with just a few second intervals in the acid, it is possible to create gently changing tonal values. Angela is captivated by the deep intensity of the ink, where the paper and the ink become one. In addition, Angela employs drypoint and carborundum, again often using two plates, which also produce deep rich blacks.