Flora McLachlan RE
After her degree in English at Oxford, McLachlan made etchings at Oxford Printmakers’ Co-op for thirteen years, and in 2017 she established a print workshop of her own in Pembrokeshire, on the edge of a moor, amongst lichened trees. McLachlan is a director of Aberystwyth Printmakers and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. She shows her work in galleries throughout the UK.
Recent Exhibitions: The Masters: Screen and Stone, Bankside Gallery 2018, Encounters Cymru at Impact 10 Santander Sept 2018, Print Rebels at Bankside Gallery London, National Original Print Exhibition 2018, Spirit of Place at 20:20 Gallery Much Wenlock Sept 2018, AAF Stockholm with Hicks Gallery, Oct 2018, Into the forest solo show at Cambridge Contemporary Art 2017.
Selected Collections: British Museum; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Collection of HM the Queen
Prizes: Zenith Purchase Prize RE Summer Exhibiton 2012, Canns Down Press Purchase Prize RE Original Prints 2014, voted Printmakers’ Printmaker at Printfest 2018
When making my etchings, I bite the plate deeply then use sandpaper to sculpt the plate surface. Once I’ve created the terrain, I add shadows and weathers, painting the acid on like watercolour. For lithography I watch the flow of the washes on the stone and follow the idea onwards as I draw, adding pen and ink drawing and scraping away areas to slowly build the image. These two approaches express my lyrical response to landscape. In my work I am trying to evoke an ancient and numinous landscape I’m feeling for a lost magic; a glimpse through trees of the white hart.