Michael is an artist-printmaker who creates limited edition etchings, lino prints, fine art books and wood engravings. Images are figurative, narrative and located in the Yorkshire countryside. It is an imagined or remembered place. In the more vigorous of these country idylls; opposites are composed, reconciled: shadow and sunlight, water and woodland, valley and hillside. I have a blurred map of connections, of things seen, things read, places visited and other things, which once amalgamated form the imagery I conceive and commit to print. I work directly onto the copper etching plate, occasionally using a mirror to reverse the image. The composition once firmly outlined in my mind’s eye will flow with little or no changes in the basic design. I print to share with the viewer a visual experience observed and recorded and eventually translated by myself.
Michael founded his own ‘private press’ in 1974 named Bracken Press. The machinery he uses on a daily basis consists of an Albion Platen Press from 1889, a Rochat etching press made in 1975 and an Arab platen press from 1896.
His books are held in both national and international collections in 27 different countries. As a self-employed printmaker since leaving art college he has maintained a constant stream of new imagery which is held in numerous council, corporate and private collections.
Email: michael atkin