Norman Ackroyd attended the Leeds College of Art and then trained at the Royal College of Art where he studied under Julian Trevelyan. He produces works in a range of media but is most prolific in etching. He is one of Britain's most famous contemporary printmakers.
He will take ink, plate and acid into the field in order to, as he puts it, get to the root of 'the things that stirred me'. The plate can be worked on directly, the acid painted on as if a watercolour, and the 'bite' stopped by a quick rinse in a stream or a wipe on the wet grass, giving a freedom and immediacy which produces truly captivating images.
He was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art in 2000. He was made CBE for services to engraving and printing in 2007.