The Infernal Method, by Norman Ackroyd RA

This limited edition print is a new work made specifically for this exhibition and is on show in the Keeper’s House from 15 September to 19 February 2018. Please note, this limited edition print will be available for despatch after Thursday 28 September 2017.

This limited edition print is no longer available. For enquiries on other work by this artist, please contact us on 0207 300 5933

Artwork details

Medium Print
Colour Black/Multicolour
Fabric & material Etching
Edition 50

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Artwork description

Best known for his etchings celebrating the dramatic coastline of the British Isles, this print by Norman Ackroyd is evidence of the diversity of his practice as a printmaker. Characterised by atmospheric skies and turbulent seas, Ackroyd’s etchings are often begun during boat trips where he works from life, sketching directly onto a copper plate.

One of only a handful of works by Ackroyd which incorporate text, this piece pays homage to the artist and poet William Blake (1757–1827) whose work is a great inspiration to Ackroyd. The quote is taken from a passage in Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, a book of prose and illustrations which was printed from etched plates from 1790–93.

In Ackroyd’s words, ‘William Blake is firmly in the great tradition of artists such as Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso, and others who became compulsively fascinated by the limitless possibilities of acid and copper. Blake, like the aforementioned extended the process into new fields with great production of books such as the The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and Songs of Innocence and of Experience.