Mick Manning: Wild Scottish
Over the last ten years, printmaker and illustrator Mick Manning has given new life to the medium of pochoir. ‘Pochoir’ (the French term for stencil correctly pronounced ‘push-wah’) has been called a dying or abandoned form of printmaking by some but as the technique does not rely on a printing press, but rather on direct application by the artist’s hand with no mechanical aid it could, in fact, be considered as one of the oldest forms of painting. Manning’s prints are created by hand on many different surfaces; each one is unique and remains vivid, in both a tactile and visual sense. Responding to its immediate and ‘portable’ nature, Manning has made a variety of prints; from ‘on the spot’ travelogue works in a Lapland Log shed, to more complex studies in his studio by the sea. Manning’s influences embrace illustrators such as Mikhail Ruderman and the 1970s album designs of Barney Bubbles but stretch back to cave painting, making his natural themes particularly pertinent. Manning’s watercolour studies emerge from an interaction with nature. They reveal both his curiosity for, and knowledge of, the subject.