Artists: Anja Percival

Anja Percival lives and works in Durham, UK. She works with graphics with a focus on copper etchings. Anja has studied at Falmouth College of Arts and The University of Edinburgh. Her work is represented at galleries both nationally and internationally, including in London, New York, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. 

I am fascinated by the different atmospheres that light creates in our environment. My etchings are hand-drawn, created by working directly onto the copper plate with a wax pencil. I rarely start with line, but instead focus on the highlights within an image, using techniques that build on the areas that will remain light, instead of building up the image with dark line and shading. My color palette is relatively subdued… I feel that strong color would detractthe attention from the subtle tonal variations within the imagery, and I frequently focus on spaces that do not include the human figure… because to me, a human presence signifies movement, and this would interfere with the stillness of the composition. My choice of subject matter is usually quite ordinary (e.g. the inside of my own home, or the scenery I pass daily on the way the work) but it’s the effect that light has within these spaces that captures my attention. I find it really interesting to see light transforming the unremarkable to the remarkable, revealing a whole new level of visual stimuli.


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