Gerry Coles

Gerry Coles

Gerry discovered linocut print making only a few years ago after visiting an exhibition of relief prints in Bath. She is largely self taught but enjoys attending workshops to improve specific skills and loves to pick up new ideas and techniques.
She is a member of Oxford Art Society and enjoys exhibiting and selling online and at at local exhibitions throughout South Oxfordshire, including Thame Art crawl. She has taken part in Oxfordshire Artweeks since 2018.
One of her prints “Christmas in the Covered Market” was selected to be included in the Oxford Art Book published in 2018.

Gerry finds ideas for her linocuts everywhere; She’s constantly looking out for things that would work well depicted in Linocut. Many of her prints are inspired by the wild birds and plants of the British countryside, particularly their shapes, forms and structures. Gerry guesses it comes down to noticing things in detail – looking and really observing colours, textures, forms, light and shadows.
Gerry relishes the challenge of rendering a picture using a very limited palette of few colours, often trying to capture the spirit of an idea using few strokes and little detail. Gerry thinks this is where the boldness of linocut comes into its own.

Gerry loves the combination of artistry, craft, technical challenge and luck that is needed to produce a print, and she’s constantly in awe of what is revealed when the paper is peeled back from the block.

Gerry’s work can be seen in Lightfoots from Tuesday – Friday.

On Friday and Saturday she will also be joining Sally Evans Artist & Makers Fair