This is the interior (obviously) of my shed, showing my handmade press, which I have adapted from a press I saw on Facebook . It was completed on Christmas Eve and has not been used yet. It should be able to print lino images up to A3.

This is me as I look now, 4th January 2018 included to add a bit of scale

About the artist

Graham Firth is English and was born in Doncaster in South Yorkshire in 1956.He went to Doncaster school of Art at 18 to take a Foundation course in Art and progressed to Manchester Polytechnic, after a brief spell at Winchester College of art, to study Fine Art for 3 years graduating in 1979 with a BA (Hons) Degree specializing in Printmaking.

 

He eventually returned to his old college in Doncaster in 1990 to teach on the Art Foundation and other courses specializing in drawing, painting and above all printmaking .

In  2017  he accepted voluntary severance and now prints from a garden shed in his back garden.

In the 11 year gap between leaving Manchester and starting work in the college he did various jobs including 8 years as a rope splicer/blacksmiths striker and general labourer at British Rail Engineering Limited in Doncaster (AKA the Plant). He also did numerous part-time teaching posts covering subjects such as Ceramics in HMP Lindholme, Painting and Drawing, Calligraphy , life drawing and printmaking in the community.

All photos on this page were taken in the Doncaster College  printroom about 8 years ago when my hair was less grey than now

This is my hand built hydraulic lino printing press based on a design that I saw on a Facebook tutorial.