I currently live in Cumbria’s Eden Valley, working primarily as a printmaker and illustrator.
I studied graphic design, initially at Liverpool College of Art and subsequently as a post graduate student at the Royal College of Art. Employment in London based design consultancies followed, including also working in parallel in a freelance capacity, contributing illustrations to amongst others the Telegraph magazine.
I later moved from print focused design to working in film and television at BBC T V Centre where I had to adapt to new practises and technologies, including film animation. As a senior designer, I represented the corporation on Design Association judging panels, and on occasion had work accepted for showcase exhibitions; European Illustration at the Pompidou Centre in Paris was a particular highlight.
For a period after moving to Cumbria I was a visiting lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, subsequently joining the lecturing staff at Cumbria Institute of the Arts in Carlisle.
It was after leaving teaching that I found the time to develop my current printmaking practise. The transition from the discipline of brief led design to fine art freedom has fortunately been productive and I continue to add to a growing portfolio of limited edition prints. Drawing to some extent on an affinity with the art of indigenous cultures, my work is hand crafted using natural media digital drawing programmes.
Since being established in the Eden area I’ve developed a close association with a number of supportive artists networks. Being a part of EVAN - The Eden Valley Artists Network in particular is a positive and productive association. My studio space in the EVAN Gallery in Penrith is effectively an always open studio with my work on permanent display. I am a member of Cumbria Printmakers and exhibit with them as opportunities arise and I’m grateful to Carlisle Contemporary Arts for their invitations to be a guest exhibitor at their events.
A full complement of prints and past work can be viewed on my website, rayogden.com