A Slade School of Art graduate, and winner of the 2014 Flourish Award for excellence in printmaking. Keegan strongly identifies with Romney Marsh, where she spent much of her childhood and adolescence, as her spiritual home, it is a place whose desolate and minimal characteristics continually ‘haunt’ the aesthetic of her work. Her artistic practice conducts conversations with the landscape and reflects on notions of belonging, identity, rootedness, liminality, and ‘home’.
Drainage dykes, sea walls, and electricity pylons are structures of modernity that traverse the flat expanses of the marshland. These act as departure points for sketches that she makes on site during her visits to the South. The drawings are then playfully distorted into overlapping layers of line and texture on zinc and copper plates. The etching process becomes one of spontaneous transcription, of feelings and memories, both familiar and elusive, which evolves as she works.
The results are intricate and complex multi-layered prints that resist literal interpretation and lack referential scale. Honouring instead a physically charged and deeply personal mapping of the environment.
Keegan is the Senior Lecturer in Printmaking at the University of Northampton and runs a print workshop in Nottingham.
Delighted to be exhibiting 3 new prints as part of the Derby Print. The exhibition showcases contemporary printmaking from artists based in the United Kingdom. A total of 82 printmakers submitted their work, and over 200 prints were shortlisted to be exhibited.
7 - 29 June 2019
Launch Fri 7th June (5pm - 8pm) at Banks Mill Studios
Delighted to be part of Gallery 57’s beautiful Winter Exhibition, Organic Form showing until February 24th in Arundel. My new etchings are from the series Listening for the Past. https://www.gallery57.co.uk/organic-form
3 day course Friday 10th / Saturday 11th / Sunday 12th August 2018 11 – 5
Take a line for a walk exploring
multi-plate intaglio printmaking! Join artist, printmaker and 2014 Flourish
printmaking award winner Michelle Keegan for an exciting 3 day summer school
which will focus on exploring multi-plate printing using collagraph and
drypoint technique – no etching required!
Experiment with Drypoint to make marks on
aluminium plates – building up surfaces without the requirement of etching
chemicals. You will use traditional scrapers and drypoint needles along with
sanding and more innovative mark making approaches. Learn how to ink plates ‘a
la poupée’ – a mutli-colour inking technique, and explore using transparent
inks to achieve layering of colour and images. You can also experiment with the
arrangement of the plates to make different compositions.
Use collagraph to build up layers of tone
and line on a mount board surface, and work with a number of plates to explore
mark marking and shape with this highly versatile process. You will also learn
‘chine collé’ techniques and composition and registration tricks.
Michelle Keegan studied Fine Art at the Kent
Institute of Art and Design, graduating with first class honours. She
specialised in printmaking immediately, having been intrigued by the
possibilities of process, and exploring unknown ways of making marks. Michelle
continued her post graduate education at the Slade School of Fine Art, under
the guidance of master printmaker Stanley Jones. She has made prints and
exhibited widely for the past 20 years, and also runs a small print workshop
and lectures in Nottingham.
All course prices include basic materials
such as inks, paper, tools and equipment. Other materials and printmaking
papers will be available to buy during the course if you would like to try
something a bit different, or take some materials home to try out.
attending this course you will be well equipped to join our workshop as a
member and continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work.
The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to
forget! If you join up within one month of attending the course you will
receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here: http://www.wypw.org/shop/standard-membership/
Delighted to be part of the Derby Print open exhibition.
Printmakers based in the United Kingdom were invited to submit work towards Green Door Printmaking Studio’s first ever Derby Print Open. The Derby Print Open is an exhibition which is open to all artists over the age of 16, based in the United Kingdom, working purely within the medium of printmaking.
Over 80 prints will be on display within Banks Mill Studios
Tarpey Gallery's Christmas group show is now online. The exhibition features a selection of artwork by newly joined and long standing represented artists and will have a focus on contemporary painting, print and sculpture from a select group of seven local artists. The show will take place in our main and secondary exhibition spaces from 9th December until 28th January.
Andrew Macara, Colin Halliday, Lois Wallace, Michelle Keegan, David Sprakes, Matthew Strong and Heather Duncan bring their unique aesthetic sensibilities to produce a dynamic group show.
I'm showing prints from the Still Navigating series.
Midlands Printmaking Open prize was a great course exploring acrylic resist etching, open bite and lift grounds at Green Door Printmaking studio. It was great to learn something new with Anna. A brilliant day.
Friday 4th /
Saturday 5th / Sunday 6th August 2017
11 – 5
Join our 2014
Flourish Award winner for an exciting workshop, which will focus on breaking
the conventions of ‘traditional’ etching, exploring intaglio processes and
collagraph techniques. We will experiment with multiplate, layering and colour
techniques. Building on the success of Michelle’s first summer school in 2016,
she’s back again for another!
drypoint, collagraph and etching processes, you will explore a wide variety of
mark making methods. Tactile and sculptural marks can be produced by layering
liquid ‘ground’ or wax onto a plate to act as a ‘resist’ or ‘stop-out’ to the
etching solution. The zinc and aluminium plates are then etched multiple
times using a solution of copper sulphate, to build up your image in layers.
Spontaneous mark-making and ‘open bite’ lines will be explored and printed,
often producing beautiful abstract compositions. You will learn to register
multiple plates and work with a variety of shapes and compositions. You will
also learn about paper, inking and registration techniques.
Keegan studied Fine Art at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, graduating
with first class honours. She specialised in printmaking immediately, having
been intrigued by the possibilities of process, and exploring unknown ways of
making marks. Michelle continued her post graduate education at the Slade
School of Fine Art, under the guidance of Stanley Jones. She has made prints
and exhibited widely for the past 20 years, and also runs a small print
workshop and lectures in Nottingham.
welcome on this course, whether experienced or complete beginner. The only
requirements are an experimental approach and an open mind!