Pottering About Print
About the work
Limited edtion print of 25. Signed and numbered. Mounted and celophaned ready to frame.
Limited Edition print by Chris Cypus.
All prints are Giclee using very high quality lightfast inks approved by the arts trading guild. Each print is signed.
They are presented in the best quality mounts using a neutral colour card, backed and wrapped, ready to frame.
In 2009, Chris Cyprus first visited the allotments on Scott Lidget Rd, Longport, Burslem. It was through an invitation by Local resident and allotment holder Bob Bennett. Bob met Chris at the Gardeners World live show at the N.E.C. in June 2008, where Chris was being filmed with Joe Swift on his mock up allotment garden, that Chris was challenged to make a painting of in just 3 days. The finished painting was auctioned at the show fetching £1300 for Children in need.
Chris was instantly inspired following his first visit to Longport allotments and especial taken by the ‘Middleport Pottery’ and the bottle oven just behind the allotments, Chris adds ‘I am especially interested in the industrial background and I make this a key focus in my paintings, as I live near Manchester, I am surrounded by old cotton mills, canals and terraced factory work houses. My allotment scenes are all about the work ethic of the past so this really adds a gritty feel to my paintings’
There is a new revolution for allotments at present with more women working them and waiting lists that exceed 10 years. There are also changes in the laws and politics of allotments that can threaten them with the future of much need land for re-development and housing. Chris is keen to research this further for a project in Stoke, which will take about 2 years to complete, documenting the changes in one of the country’s most important cities of the industrial revolution.
Chris hopes to exhibit his paintings in Stoke in 2013, and hopefully tour the exhibition to raise awareness about how important the role of allotments play in today’s society, and helping to preserve it for future generations.
Inside mount 31 x 31 cm square.
51cm wide x 51cm high cm
This is a limited edition print of 25.