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Carry Akroyd (born 1953)


Artists Inspired by Nature - Carry Akroyd (born 1953)

Carry Akroyd is a painter-printmaker whose images examine the relationship between humans, landscape and wildlife. Her representations of contemporary agriculture, botany and birds concentrate on colour, shape and balance.

Her most favoured printmaking technique is serigraphy, (screenprinting), but employing a very low-tech approach. A lot of time is spent with scissors or scalpel, creating cut-paper stencils to control where each layer of ink passes through the screen. Where the layers of ink overlap they create new colours, and the image is invented during the process of being made, reacting to how the image develops.

In painting her work is often watercolour or acrylic on paper, but although her subject matter is constant, her attitude to each medium is restless.

Carry is a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and shows with them in London each year. In 2017 she was awarded the top prize, (the Terravesta Award), at The Natural Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

The range of Carry’s work is reproduced in her own books: ‘natures powers & spells, Landscape Change, John Clare and Me’, and “Found in the Fields”. Many images echo John Clare’s poetry in observing of how man affects nature, two hundred years ago and now. A series of prints comprise a touring show that is an introduction to the poet. After 25 years of making and exhibiting images relating to the poetry of John Clare, in 2016 Carry was invited to be President of the John Clare Society.

Carry’s work has been used on several book jackets, and she is the series cover artist for Bloomsbury’s British Wildlife Collection and for Saraband’s ‘Encounters with Nature’. She illustrates the Bird of the Month column in The Oldie magazine, a compilation of which are published by Bloomsbury under the title “A Sparrow’s Life’s as Sweet as Ours”

Carry lives in rural Northamptonshire, a few miles from where she grew up.

The featured painting is a recent one of hers - ‘Armston in Northamptonshire’. Do visit her website where you will find more stunning examples of her work ... Carry Akroyd

The brief biography has been lifted straight from that written for an exhibition of her work at the Chris Beetles Gallery in 2019 ...

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Christine Corver
Reply to  Clive Bennett
April 20, 2021 12:29 pm

Love these greens!

April 10, 2021 6:47 am

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Tish Farrell
April 10, 2021 9:59 am

Thank you, Clive, for this introduction to such very pleasing work.

April 10, 2021 1:08 pm

We provide the canvas. God provides the inspiration.

April 10, 2021 1:30 pm

Humans, landscape and wildlife! Clive it’s hokku in print! I have loved her work for a very long time and it’s a delight to see her here on your blog.
A frost this morning and bitterly cold here even in the sunshine! Keep well. Have a great weekend, Ashley

April 10, 2021 5:25 pm

I’ve seen her work before! I love it so much!

Deborah Vass
April 10, 2021 5:30 pm

A favourite artist whose work I greatly admire.

Andrea Stephenson
April 19, 2021 12:09 pm

I thought I recognised the style and it turns out I have both those books on my Amazon wish list!

Christine Corver
April 20, 2021 12:33 pm

Lovely work, such a wonderful balance in values and hues!