Anthony Ratcliffe

My work has always been connected with British landscape and is a result of travelling extensively around Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland. As part of this exploration I research natural history, archeology, geography and literature associated with the same landscape.

I am particularly interested in the remnants of past land usage found in remote areas of our coastline and moorlands, these may be found in the form of prehistoric stones, lead mining equipment and spoil heaps or abandoned ruins and wreckage.

I work from drawn information, using extensive sketchbooks, this information is then synthesized into woodcut prints, handmade and printed bookart and watercolour paintings.

My studio overlooks the Pennine hills of the Dark Peak National Park and a lot of recent work has evolved from detailed exploration and drawings of this local landscape.

In my role as lecturer at Manchester School of Art I exhibit and curate exhibitions to inform and educate as well as maintaining my personal practice and research, exhibiting and selling work through provincial exhibitions and numerous commercial galleries.

My work is represented in national collections such as the British Council and Houses of Parliament, corporate collections like Manchester airport PLC, Manchester Royal Infirmary and many private collections in Britain and abroad.

I am a member of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts as well as LFA.

website: anthonyratcliffe.co.uk