John Duffin ARWS RE,Ronnie Scott’s, etching, edition of 150
Elected ARE 1991, RE 1995
This print was made from drawings and sketches that John produced on location outside the iconic Ronnie Scott's club in London. It is part of an ongoing series of prints featuring Soho and other parts of London that have been important to the artist during his time living in the city. John was born in Barrow-in-Furness, but is now living and working in London and the city has become a central part of his subject matter. Sir Peter Blake RA has described his etchings as “Outstanding and exciting depictions of city life.”
From his initial quick drawings in situ, he creates several more detailed drawings and compositions back in his South London studio. This final image is then transferred onto polished copper by drawing with a series of needles through a wax ground, exposing the areas of the image on the copper that are then treated with ferric chloride acid. The plate is then cleaned, inked up with oil-based ink, then wiped until the ink resides only in the grooves bitten by the acid. The plate is then put through an etching press against a piece of damp paper to transfer the image.
John Duffin is a member of the RE (Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers) and is also an associate member of RWS (Royal Watercolour Society). His work is in many public collections including Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of London, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Arts Council Collection and many private collections in the UK and abroad. He studied BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College alongside the Britart generation in the late 1980's under Michael Craig Martin RA and studied MA Printmaking at Central St Martins under Norman Ackroyd RA.