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Foreword

Peter Reddick’s work is extraordinary. The sheer breadth of it and the skill and time involved takes your breath away. Being able to host a retrospective of his work here at Spike Print Studio - the organisation that Peter helped set up 30 years ago - is a privilege and signals a wonderful sychronicity. Peter Reddick is one of this country’s most respected engravers. He is well known for his illustrations for the novels of Thomas Hardy, but I find that many contemporary printmakers and artists respond to his landscapes; of rolling hills, cliffs and windswept trees. His colour woodcuts of the Dorset coastline hang onto the paper, sinking and shimmering with the lightness of touch and colour he has used. The image appears flatter on the paper during these works, with a slight indication of perspective. The energy within the prints brings them alive. They hold the essence of the English countryside; for we have all been there at some point, listening to the wind in the trees and paddling on the shoreline. The generosity of Peter is evident in many ways. His belief in the democracy of print means that his deliberate large print runs are accessible to many people. He has also run a wood engraving course for the Print Studio for several years, and not taken any money for it, in order to give something back to printmaking. This catalogue gives the viewer just a small glimpse at the world through Peter Reddick’s eyes and we are delighted to celebrate his work here at Spike Print Studio. Gill Nicol

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Peter Reddick Exhibition Brochure  

Peter Reddick retrospective show at Spike Island, Bristol

Peter Reddick Exhibition Brochure  

Peter Reddick retrospective show at Spike Island, Bristol

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