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Peter KNIGHT at the Common Press CRICH

Peter Knight is an artist living and working in Derbyshire; “Although not solely regional, my work explores aspects of the history, geography and memory of landscape through drawing, mainly of my travels and  locality in Derbyshire. These ideas and creative gambits are developed into print in my press, The Common Press CRICH  on the Common, Crich and through drawing and painting in my studio at Haarlem Artspace at Haarlem Mill, Wirksworth. I mainly use traditional intaglio processes, etching, engraving drypoint and mezzotint. I often use relief processes like linoprint for my bookarts and I have a letterpress setup which I can use for my bookarts and posters.  Whilst being trained as a fine printer, I am a self-taught letterpress printer. I rely on drawing and mark making in my work as a hand produced basis for experimentation and an open-ended creative gambit.”

Creative Genre

  • I use a wide range of intaglio and relief processes. Prints are developed from drawing and this direction could progress through print or painting, and sometimes, both. My creative output and shows cover, printmaking, bookarts and painting/2D wall based work.

Work Undertaken

  • The range of my work can be seen in local exhibitions with groups like Artstand in and around Derbyshire and the Haarlem Artspace artists. We have pop-up shops in season and rotation in Wirksworth and normally
  • like this year have open-studios during the Wirksworth Festival in September. I organise the Belper Print Fair at the community space
  • Cafe 28 in Belper on the first Farmers Market in October. This year on the 12th of October it will be our third event showing local printmakers work. I do print fairs and bookarts fairs around the country; so far this year
  • Printed/Bound in Leeds
  • will be applying for Sheffield Print Fair
  • the Wirksworth Festival and will be exhibiting with Artstand at Strutts in Belper on the 6th of April.

Work in Education

  • I am a retired art lecturer



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