Impressive animal etchings go on display at Alnwick Playhouse

An exhibition of etchings by printmaker Helen Fay is now on show at Alnwick Playhouse.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 7:45 am
An etching by Helen Fay.
An etching by Helen Fay.

The venue reopened at the start of the new year following a £3.3million refurbishment.

She said: “I am delighted to have been invited to be the first exhibitor at this beautiful new gallery in the Alnwick Playhouse.

“I decided to use this opportunity to put together a retrospective exhibition of my work to date. I hope people enjoy viewing my pictures.”

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Helen has been making etchings and drypoint original prints as a professional exhibiting artist since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1992.

She has shown widely across the United Kingdom and overseas and has exhibited regularly in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Her spartan, beautifully observed images of animals reflect her love of drawing and of the creatures she draws.

In this show, Helen has selected some of her favourite etchings made so far in her career, a career that has taken her to jungles, deserts, stables and kennels. Her subjects include curious primates, stoical Clydesdales, indomitable penguins and our favourite human companions, dogs and cats. A reminder of the myriad creatures we share our world with.

“Drawing animals is a fascinating thing to do,” said Helen, “because animals can’t talk everything about them comes out through their behaviour and body language.

“It is the poise and character I try to focus on as well as the form and that is what comes through when I get it right.”

Helen’s exhibition at the Alnwick Playhouse runs until February 17.