Bren Unwin PPRE

Dr Bren Unwin is an artist-printmaker and Past President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE).  Her work is held in national and international collections including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and The Royal Collection of Her Majesty the Queen.  In 2008 the University of Hertfordshire awarded Bren a PhD, and the Chancellor’s Medal for outstanding doctoral research, for a thesis entitled Phenomenology and landscape experience: a critical analysis for contemporary art practice. Unwin’s work reflects her interest in relationships that exist between an active perceiver and their dynamic environment.  Materials, action and ideas are explored in association with the mediated character of experience.  Developing notions and themes over decades, Unwin’s prints provoke a response that is both charged and complex.  Relationships between place and perceiver, materials and objects, invoke a human presence and ambiguities of meaning. Working in series and states, Unwin’s prints are usually unique, rather than editioned, with each series beginning with a newly etched plate that is then used in many different ways, incorporating both new and past imagery, plates and techniques.  Her processes include intaglio and relief etching, collage and chine-collé, together with embossed materials and solar plate technology.