I started to make work about Robert Graves’s garden after an inspiring visit last summer. I made some collages which were developed partly from memory and also from some sketches drawings. The ideas were put together quickly to capture the spirit of creativity I felt in this location.
In the following winter I contacted William Graves about possible ideas for an art project based on the house and garden. It was at this time the idea of using the splendid Royal Albion press in the press room of the house was suggested. I gleefully returned to the garden to make some more detailed drawings in preparation for the Lino cuts. The series of five blocks were made over the winter and two of them I decided to enter for The Summer Exhibition 2015 at The Royal Academy in London.
The Mill Stone Table and the image of Robert Graves’s house were both accepted for the first and second round of judging and happily the print of Robert Graves’s House is to be hung this summer in the exhibition where prints from the edition of 100 will be for sale.
The other prints in the series are as follows;