16 July 2017
Exhibition of Original Prints by Robert Greenhalf & John Hatton
Waterston House, Aberlady
Running from July 29 – September 13
Private View: Friday, July 28 from 7 – 9pm
Robert Greenhalf lives near Rye in East Sussex. He was trained at Eastbourne and Maidstone Colleges of Art, graduating with a diploma AD in Graphics in 1971. All of his work is based on encounters that he has had with birds and mammals in the wild. He likes to make numerous quick sketches of his subjects to get to know them really well, although sketches of habitat and colour notes are equally important. Robert works mainly in watercolour, oils, woodcut and drypoint. The drypoints and some of the woodcuts are printed in black and hand-coloured with watercolour, whilst others involve the cutting and printing of a separate block for each colour.
Robert was elected a member of Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) in 1981 and a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1982. With the Artist’s for Nature Foundation, he has worked on projects in Poland, Spain, Holland, India, Ireland and Israel. In 2014, he visited Senegal to work on a SWLA\British Trust for Ornithology project on bird migrants to Africa. His work has been widely exhibited throughout Britain and Europe as well as in the USA, Canada and Israel. It has featured in many books on wildlife art and his first solo book Towards the Sea published by Pica Press (now an imprint of A&C Black) in 1999.
John Hatton is never happier than when observing and depicting the natural world around him. A lifelong interest in wildlife has fuelled his imagination which, together with a talent for drawing, has enabled him to create artwork with insight and genuine knowledge. He counts himself fortunate to live in rural Lancashire with subjects all around; sheep in the fields, grouse on the fells as well as waders and wildfowl along the coast and marshes.
John has recently developed a passion for creating prints from linocuts using his Albion Press. Built in 1884, it weighs in at a hefty 1.2 tonnes and is housed in his studio, which is a former farm building renovated over ten years ago. The studio is open annually as part of the Lunesdale Studio Art Trail. As well as being represented by several galleries, John exhibits elsewhere including at the Society of Wildlife Artists where he was elected as an associate member in 2016. This will be his first show at Waterston House.