Leading British print-maker SALLY McLAREN has if possible become even more connected to the landscape through the recent lockdowns and then freed by the subsequent release. Her most recent prints are celebratory, exploratory, light in touch and brilliant in colour.
Sally McLaren is preoccupied by ‘The life that springs in landscape, the spirit of it, the growth and organisms of centuries, the effects of wind, rain, sun and the marks left by man from past to present.’ Mel Gooding’s words from 2016 about Sally’s paintings apply perfectly to these new prints, ‘The insistence on the evocation of the actual has given way to an insouciant light-touch mark-making of dash and line, paint scribble and feathery touch, near diaphanous mistiness and the most evocative adumbrations of field colour, tonal greens and brilliant yellows, the all-eye-embracing blueness of the sea as a boat pitches.’ These glorious expressions are created with the master printmaker Andrew Smith (who also works with Martyn Brewster and David Inshaw) using an ambitious combination of a drypoint plate, an aquatint plate and carborundum.
Sally McLaren was born in London, studied at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford and at the Central School of Art in London. After further study in Paris at the Atelier of Stanley William Hayter, she returned to England to teach at Goldsmith’s College of Art . She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, the Printmaker’s Council of Great Britain and the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers. She has exhibited widely and her work is held in numerous collections around the world, including the New York Public Library, the Scottish Arts Council, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the Museum of Modern Art in Macedonia and the Cabo Frio Print Collection in Sao Paulo. In recent years, two monographs of her work have been published, The response of Landscape and In Search Of Stillness. Sally McLaren lives and works in Wiltshire.