Ian Mitchell
“My approach to printmaking combines an interest in landscape, design, logo & symbols. As a reductive artist in pursuit of a minimal outcome I use a mixture of digital, litho, collage and commercial materials”

My approach to digital printmaking combines an interest in landscape, aesthetics and particularly design.
I work digitally and reductively, stripping away the topographical and stylising the landscape to create a logo-type symbol of an actual place.
I have developed a visual approach that mediates the traditional conventions of landscape and the Modernist aesthetic, and am increasingly drawn to contemporary man-made landscapes, the concrete modernism of urban architecture.
I recently made a series prints that address the subject of motorway architecture and modernity, for a recent solo exhibition at Ryedale Folk Museum with the help of an ACE Grant.
A recent commission from Arup gave me the opportunity to explore water, and since then I have been developing this theme. With my current ‘Harbours’ I am conscious of how man intervenes with natural forces, and my own intervention builds on that to produce an image that the viewer might read as signifier of place.
Always in the pursuit of a minimal outcome, I use the current digital technology at my disposal and experiment with print onto various commercial substrates, such as metal, glass and highly reflective surfaces.
Working in my studio overlooking the harbour on the once busy coast, I am conscious of how man has altered the built environment throughout history depending on his needs and I am drawn to creating a modern landscape symbol of our time.

Penny Nab - Winter

Penny Nab – Winter

Neolithic Roadsigns

Neolithic Roadsigns

The Hole of Horcum

The Hole of Horcum

Abstract Harbours

Abstract Harbours

Birling Gap

Birling Gap

Whitby Piers

Whitby Piers