Austin Cole’s inspirations have been the urban landscapes of the city and the landscapes of Pembrokeshire in Wales where he was born and brought up. He learnt the art of printmaking by in 1980, but now specialises in beautiful etchings and stone lithography.
In 2011 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA).
The donated print is a representation of a headland in South Pembrokeshire called Stackpole Head and is a feature of the coastal National Park.
The print process: An aquatint is placed onto the plate and then a pencil a rough outline is drawn of the headland. Litho crayon is used to stop out those areas needing to stay light, then painted over the image with acid which was dropped into pools of gum Arabic, holding the acid on the plate. Using a brush or feather the acid is moved around the plate giving the image a liquid watercolour element. The image is then inked up and run through a press.