Drama of marine life in black and white

Killer Crab, by Ian Burke
Killer Crab, by Ian Burke

Bold images of the marine life along the North York Moors coastline dominate a current exhibition of work by popular Saltburn-born artist Ian Burke at the Inspired by… gallery at Danby.

Using the medium of relief-printing, Ian, a drawing master at Eton College, has created images inked onto hand-made Japanese paper for his depiction of the fish and crustaceans that are synonymous with the National Park coastal waters.

Fish boxes. by Ian Burke

Fish boxes. by Ian Burke

Strong black subject outlines unite each piece in the exhibition entitled In Black and White. Some include subtle use of colour like Trout Tray and Fish Boxes while others such as the wittily entitled Killer Crab incorporate bolder flourishes adding to the drama and fun.

Ian uses a large Columbian printing press at his home in the middle of the moors, and works in an obsolete pig shed which now serves as his studio.

He seems to find an endless source of inspiration along the coast between the rivers Tees and Esk as well as the hinterland of the National Park.

“I have a river and a waterfall near the garden of my house, which is set in the middle of the moors,” he said.

“I realise that I am very fortunate and I have no desire to look elsewhere for inspiration.

“I do not crave contemporary approval but I very much enjoy the fact that some people like what I do.”

The In Black and White exhibition runs until Tuesday May 23 at the Inspired by… gallery, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. The gallery is free to enter and is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/inspiredby to find out more.