Alex Goodman: Printmaker

I am a Bristol based artist and I make relief prints carved out of wood and lino. I print my designs on paper, wood and silk. Sometimes I screen print larger areas of colour in a design and other times I work directly printing using plants. I came to printmaking through letterpress at Dartington College of Arts where I self-published poetry pamphlets with lino-cut illustrations. After graduating I became more excited by creating images that tell stories.

In my recent work I’ve been making a series of tree story prints including a lover who spends the winter hidden in a tree in the form of mistletoe and a bugle player whose music tempts a cherry tree into blossoming early. ‘Every day the wolves of the forest chase the sun across the sky’ is taken from a story I wrote and performed across the South West. The story follows a feral child who is born underneath an ash tree, a tree so large that its roots grow so deep that it grows right through the centre of the earth and out the other end, forming another tree on the other side of the world. My prints each tell a story either from my own travels in life or inspired by folklore, my allotment, and connection to nature.

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This exhibition is in The Snug