Greg Fuller demonstrates printmaking at the University of Chester’s Department of Art and Design. In 2016 he took part in The Common Ground Project, which looked at the idea of collaboration between printmakers. He explored the River Mersey along with artists Tracy Hill and Jason Hicklin. This led to a residency in Newcastle, New South Wales, to explore the Hunter Estuary in Australia.
‘I find my environment a constant source of inspiration; the physical presence of the world engenders a response which I search to find equivalents for.
I develop my topographical drawings as a lifeline while I explore the more abstract ideas of the life that I observe. I recreate these drawings in prints and castings to allow the processes to develop more organic, eroded marks and surfaces. I include ideas about the landscape from other aspects of our common cultural language that work as short hand descriptions to a wider symbolism; from mathematical and geometric equivalents, cartography, satellite mapping or simply the ground beneath our feet.This takes me on an artistic journey into further abstraction which is a metaphor for my physical and intellectual journeys.
By exploring the surfaces and patterns in my environment I seek a greater understanding of its depth and reality, to create an emotional memory of a place.
The work is a celebration of the quiet realities of life, realities whose beauty and subtlety are often hidden behind our familiarity with the ordinary. I live an ordinary life in an ordinary place; it is only when I try to make work about it that I realise how extraordinary it is.’