Fawley Blue Sky

A mutli-plate linocut printed with Caligo Safe Wash Inks on 145 gsm Zerkall print paper with deckle edges.

Edition: 18 (plus 2 Artist’s proofs)

Image size: 180 x 260 mm

Paper size: 220 x 380 mm

Mount size: 300 x 400 mm to fit a standard sized frame

Price: £110 mounted

Fawley Power Station has been a significant feature of the Solent landscape for nearly 60 years. To celebrate its fine brutalist architecture I have created a series of prints taking different views and using different printing techniques. This print is the fifth in the series.

I was fortunate to have walked up the coastal path which runs to the east of the Fawley Power Station site along Southampton Water just before demolition started in September 2019. I took lots of photos and did a couple of sketches. These and research online have been useful source material for the series of prints I have been developing.

This view of Fawley Power Station is perhaps one it’s most recognisable; a view from the lifting bridge which crosses the small dock, looking north-west towards the chimney with the iconic concrete clad circular control room in the foreground.

I wanted to create a bold image with strong colours like the simple graphics used in old tourism and Transport for London posters. I had attended a talk by the artist printmaker Paul Catherall in 2019 who produces very striking prints of iconic buildings in London. His technique of simplifying the building form, using bold colours and a registration system of slightly overlapping each colour plate of the print intrigued me.

The print is made from five linocut plates; first the blue sky, second the yellow chimney and concrete clad control room, then the light blue grey of the corrugated cladding to the turbine hall, the fourth plate is the grey shadows to the chimney, the zig-zag glazed cornices of the turbine hall, and finally to cap the roof of the turbine hall and emphasize the dock walls is a dark blue plate.

N.B. The photograph of the framed print actually depicts the true colours of the print more closely. The blue sky is actually more turquoise than the scanned image on the left. Something I may need to adjust in Photoshop – when I have a spare moment!