About Geri

Geri Waddington - engraving

Geri Waddington was born in 1953 and trained in painting at the Slade School of Fine Art. She started engraving in 1995, and was elected a member of the Society of Wood Engravers in 2001, and its Chairman in 2014. She has exhibited regularly with the Society of Wood Engravers, the National Print Exhibition (later named ‘Originals’), (prizewinner 1999 and 2005), The International Miniature Print Exhibition, and at the Royal Academy and numerous independent galleries. She makes and sells independent prints and also illustrates hand-made private press books, where her engravings are printed directly from the wood, and has work in collections in the UK and abroad.

Wood engraving is one the simplest and yet most intense forms of printmaking; an image is produced by engraving into the polished endgrain surface of a block of wood (traditionally boxwood), with a variety of tools, which can produce a wide vocabulary of marks. The block is then inked with a roller and printed onto paper, where the cut marks appear as white. The images that result from this process offer clarity and ‘sparkle’ unmatched in other media, the equivalent of “drawing with light”.

There are now modern alternatives to boxwood, such as resingrave, a synthetic engraving medium which has different qualities but can also be worked very finely, and Geri sometimes uses this, and also linocuts, to add an extra dimension to her prints. Subjects are drawn from natural forms, gardens and buildings, all of which provide endless challenges in rendering tone and texture through the tiny marks of the engraver’s tools.

Selected Exhibitions:

2017

The National Original Print Exhibition

The Society of Wood Engravers 80th Annual Exhibition

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

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1996

Work in Public Collections:

Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Georgetown University Library, Washington DC, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh

Publications:

Her engravings have appeared in: 'The Five Senses', by Jim Burns. Incline Press 1999, ‘Engraved Gardens’. Primrose Hill Press 2001. ‘The Storks’ by Hans Andersen. Ken Ferguson 2002, ‘Engraver’s Globe’, ed Simon Brett. Primrose Hill Press 2002, ‘Two by Two’. Society of Wood Engravers 2004, ‘Writ’, by Ally Smith, Oundle Festival of Literature Press 2006, ‘My Father Made Toys’. Incline Press 2006. ‘Aeroplane’, by H. Murakami, Oundle Festival of Literature Press 2007, ‘Matrix 28’, Whittington Press 2008, 'Matrix 30', Whittington Press 2010, 'The Printmaker's Cat, 2013.