Having drawn and painted since an early age, leaving school at 16 I started working for artist Dennis Syrett in his Art Shop. Dennis encouraged my painting, and in my teens, I exhibited for 2 consecutive years at the Mall Galleries in London. Life thereafter became very busy with work and family commitments leaving almost no time to create over the next 40 years. During that time my love of hand-made prints developed – they have a wonderful unique quality quite unlike paintings and are an affordable way to own original art.
Just over 3 years ago it was my time to start creating again, and I taught myself reduction method lino printing and dry point etching. Buying a starter kit and book, from my very first print I was hooked – I wanted to learn more. Within a short time, I had confidence in the work I was producing and began exhibiting locally and selling online; my work is now in collectors’ homes in 19 countries. Inspiration comes from my surroundings, occasionally with a twist of humour!
2018 – Winner of Drawing and Printmaking category in Jackson’s amateur artist competition;
March 2019 – Two prints shortlisted for the Royal Academy summer exhibition;
June 2019 – Contributor of an article for online publication to The Artist magazine
July 2019 – Participant Peterborough Artists Open Studios event
August 2019 – Awarded ‘Best print in show’ FPAA exhibition;
November 2019 – Winner of Editor’s Choice in The Artist magazine, December 2019 edition.
November 2019 – Two prints shortlisted in the global art competition by Octopus Energy with www.artfinder.com to raise public awareness of climate change.
November 2019 – Elected member of IEA (Institute of East Anglian Artists) (provisional).
January 2020 – 2 works selected for RBA 303rd open exhibition, Mall Galleries London.
March 2020 – 2 works shortlisted for New English Art Club exhibition at The Mall Galleries London.
March 2020 – 1 print shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
March 2020 – Framed print sent to NHS North Middlesex University hospital to brighten a new room created for staff to use during shifts, following trauma.
April 2020 – 4 small prints donated for sale or the charity #feednhs, and sold online via Highgate Gallery; they sold within a couple of hours of the exhibition going live, and raised £200 for the charity.
”For anyone wishing to try lino printing, I suggest buying a readily available starter kit and a book – Learning Linocut by Susan Yeates is a good guide. If you have specific questions I am happy to help – message me on Instagram @margaret.mallows”
Page updated Jan 2021