Anthony Ratcliffe, Mossley
Anthony Ratcliffe was born in South Yorkshire and studied art at Manchester Polytechnic and Wolverhampton Polytechnic (BA Hons Fine Art). He currently lives on the edge of the Dark Peak District in the Pennine town of Mossley where he has a studio. The artist has exhibited in numerous galleries and has work in many collections including The Arts Council of Great Britain, Manchester Airport, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Halifax Building Society, Rank Xerox, Provident Financial and Manchester Royal Infirmary. The main body of work produced in the last twenty years has consisted of large woodcut prints hand printed in numerous colours in small editions. These are primarily based upon drawings made in the upland landscapes and coastline of the British Isles and Ireland. During this period the artist has also completed corporate commissions such as City on the Move which is displayed at terminal two of Manchester Airport and a large print to commemorate the history of Manchester Royal Infirmary ( exhibited in the foyer MRI) He has also had numerous exhibitions of pastel drawings some of which have been published world wide. The subject matter of his current prints involves the evidence of past human presence abandoned and scattered among these shorelines and hills and contain shipwrecks, ancient stone ruins, bits of machinery, oil rigs and sea ferries. These are composed and assembled from drawings made in notebooks and eventually transformed into hand printed woodcuts by a very elaborate and skilled process. The artist is currently employed as a lecturer in the department of Fine Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University.