Printmaker and Illustrator
Working from her home studio in Sudbury, Suffolk, Beth Knight creates lino-cut, block printed artwork sometimes combining this with collaged elements or hand colouring with water colours. Beth enjoys achieving meticulous detail with very fine, Swiss made ‘Pfeil’ cutting tools, painstakingly carving out twigs, leaves and grasses into the linoleum printing block, yet the instant gratification of peeling back the paper from the inked printing block and revealing the image for the first time satisfies her impatience to see the final piece.
The bold results of relief printmaking, stenciling and collage have been themes that Beth has always been drawn to throughout her education and creative practice. Being a nature lover and finding joy in being out in the countryside Beth is inspired by the landscapes around her Suffolk home and the wilds of Wales where she grew up. She is drawn to places with a sense of history – ancient bridleways, old gnarly trees and windswept hill tops.
Beth strives to create pieces with depth and spirit, hoping to draw the viewer in so they can imagine being there, she often gets comments of “that looks just like that place I know”. Using her experience as an illustrator she likes to create the beginning of a story in her pieces, adding movement or the hint of something around the corner to stir the viewers imagination and memories
Beth enjoys the way the printing process challenges her patience, focus and control and is continually inspired by its boundless possibilities. Developing her abilities with every new piece to achieve finer detail, represent light and dark and show texture through mark making. Beth aims to develop a distinct style of printmaking through her growing understanding of its capabilities and hopes to produce work that evokes and captures our emotional connection with our landscape.
Beth’s lino printed artwork has found itself used for various applications from logos to home ware and has also featured in the Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine. Her most noted achievement to date as a printmaker has been the acceptance of her piece ‘Gypsy Lane’ by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers to hang amongst recognized and accomplished printmakers at the National Original Print Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery in London.