Paul Catherall RE,Hayward IV, linocut, edition of 15
Elected ARE 2012, RE 2017
Paul Catherall is renowned for his clean, bold architectural linocuts. He draws much of his subject matter from London’s modernist and brutalist landmarks, including the Hayward Gallery, National Theatre, Barbican and Trellick Tower. This print Hayward IV aims to convey the wonderful chaos of the brutalist icon that is the Hayward Gallery. This building fascinates Paul, as he loves the sharp angles and shadows created on the concrete by sunlight on a crisp, clear day.
This print is a multi-plate linocut where some of the areas overlap to create subtle tone and colour changes. The concrete texture is created by using a liberal amount of transparent white in the ink mix and using the roller in a gestural manner – almost like a paintbrush – when inking up.
Paul has exhibited his work widely. Commissions include the Royal Shakespeare Company, Southbank Centre, Penguin Books, Pallant House Gallery, Higgins Bedford Gallery and British Airways. He has been one of London Transport’s most popular and prolific poster artists, and his prints grace several book covers including The Cloudspotter’s Guide, Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin, Mid-century Britain by Elain Harwood and RIBA’s New Towns. In 2012 he was one of six printmakers to be commissioned by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to create a print about Portcullis House, marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Raised in Coventry and now based in London, Paul has a degree in Illustration and worked in figurative acrylic painting before turning to linocuts in 2000.