signed and dated "Susan E Jameson 79" in pencil below, mezzotint, artist's proof, 30 x 30.4 cm
Susan Jameson studied at Carlisle College of Art from 1960-64. She spent a year at Goldsmith's College of Art in London before studying printing at the Central School of Art, and working as a master printer in an etching studio for two years. Jameson has become one of the leading champions of the mezzotint. The prints often include dramatic landscapes, moonscapes and sunsets. Jameson has exhibited throughout Europe and the USA, holding many one–man shows, notably at the Graffiti Gallery in London. Her work is in public and private collections throughout the world, including the British Council Collection and the Modern Art Gallery, Naples.
What’s a Mezzotint? It’s among the most physically demanding mediums in art,one tried and quickly abandoned as too difficult. Mezzotint uses rockers to cover the plate with minute indentations. At this stage an inked plate would print black. Scrapers and burnishers are used to smooth out these indentations.The smoother the area is, the lighter it prints, and extremely subtle gradations of tone are possible. Colours are achieved by working one or more additional plates. Jameson's work is used as a fine example of the mezzotint printing technique in many books about printing techniques.