Mark Handley (British, b. 1943)
Mark Handley read English Literature at Cambridge University and went on to train and practice as an architect. He began making linocuts in 1980 inspired by the character, example and friendship of Edward Bawden, for whom he designed a work room in Saffron Walden. His prints reveal a preoccupation with robust design and gentle humour; (he won a prize in a Punch cartoon competition in 1969 and subsequently made a series for the Cambridge Evening News on the local subjects of bicycling and punting). His work is held in a number of private and public collections and has featured in numerous exhibitions; including the Conservatory Gallery, The Heffers Gallery, Cambridge, the Old Fire Engine House, Ely, Wiggins Teape Paperpoint, London and Aldeburgh. An article on his technique was published in The Artist in June 1998. In 1987 the illustrator, David Eccles wrote of his cuts:
He is a dull fellow who fails to respond to the straightforwardness and humour of Handley’s images. For those who care to analyse such things, his work can be seen to relate to that grand and peculiarly English traditition which must include such names as Joseph Crawhall, the Beggarstaffs and Edward Bawden… These prints are bold and big – some are very big – and they possess a kind of innocence which in hands less confident inevitably looks contrived; but the line here is always firm, the design always assured… These pictures have the reassuring quality – and often the texture – of really good thick English marmalade; honest sustaining stuff that ought to be spread generously.
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