Richmond Printmakers Exhibition at Penny School Gallery Kingston upon Thames

March 21, 2009

Franz Marc Creation II woodcut

Franz Marc Creation II woodcut


How I love this example!  I did not, of course, see it at the Richmond Printmakers Exhibition at the Penny School Gallery in Kingston Upon Thames, but I did see many other examples of different printmaking techniques at this exhibition entitled “Spring Greens”.  There were thirteen artists exhibiting, and I must admit to being draw to the lino cuts and the wood cuts more than any other types of print.  Collograph was also attractive and would be a good way of me using my already existing interest in paper within my practice.  From translating paper into a photographic print, I could maybe next try out the process of making prints in a more immediate and materially connected way.   What I loved about the lino cuts I saw was the blank areas of rich full colour and the actual surface of them, of course, is totally unique and something one could not achieve with a paintbrush.  My digital photography has been leaning in that direction for a while.

I saw many exciting woodcuts in the Sussex Barn Gallery at West Dean, last year, and in particular remember with enthusiasm the work of Merlyn Chesterman, a printmaker and painter who graduated from Bath Academy of Art, Corsham.  She worked in Asia for 20 years before setting up a studio in Britain.  Maybe one day I will be fortunate enough to learn something from her.  It’s a wonderful ancient art form, and I love the way that one can draw on the nature of the wood itself.  There are so many different kinds of wood and paper, and it would be great to explore those sometime.

I want to try out some traditional printmaking.  I love my digital photographic printmaking, and I don’t see it as inferior, unlike some people, but I like to get messy.  Snobbery in art is rife.  And it’s death, too.  To creativity, it is meaningless.  There is only one attitude for an artist, and that is humility, in my opinion.   My humble opinion, of course!



Jenny Meehan is a painter, poet, and Christian contemplative  based in East Surrey/South West London.   Her interest in Christ-centred spirituality and creativity are the main focus of this artist’s journal, which rambles and meanders on, maybe acting as a personal (yet open to view)  note book as much as anything else.  If you read and enjoy it, this would be an added bonus! 

Her website is  ( replaces the older now deceased website

Jenny Meehan BA Hons (Lit.) PGCE also occasionally offers art tuition for individuals or in shared sessions.  Please contact Jenny at or through the contact form at for further details as availability depends on other commitments.    

 Jenny Meehan works mainly with either oils or acrylics  creating both abstract/non-objective paintings  and also semi-abstract work.  She also produces representational/figurative artwork,  mostly using digital photography/image manipulation software, painting and  drawing.  Both original fine paintings and other artwork forms  and affordable photo-mechanically produced prints are available to purchase.

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One Response to “Richmond Printmakers Exhibition at Penny School Gallery Kingston upon Thames”

  1. jennymeehan Says:

    See some examples of Jenny Meehan’s artworking on her website Please note the old website no longer lives!

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