Brian Hanscomb RE
Born in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire – ‘the printer’s village’ – I was taught copperplate engraving during my apprenticeship as an industrial letterpress engraver in the 1960’s, later training as a gravure engraver. In 1981, I left the print industry to become a self-employed, self-taught artist working at home, now in St Breward, Cornwall, and much of my work is inspired by my local surroundings, including Bodmin Moor with its feeling of great space and dramatic cloudscapes. My work has been widely exhibited, both abroad (U.S.A., Brazil, Spain, Korea, Germany and other countries) and in this country where my solo print exhibitions include Brook Gallery, Devon and John Leach Gallery, Somerset. I have had engravings accepted many times by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and have also exhibited at the New English Art Club and the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers. My engravings have been commissioned by the Whittington Press (three limited edition books); the Folio Society (illustrating a volume of Milton’s poems); Printing Historical Society and others.
Collections which have purchased my work include The Science Museum, London; the Victoria & Albert National Art Library, London; The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; the British Government Art Collection and the New York Public Library Print File. In 1997, I was made a full member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (R.E.).