David Dodsworth (1952–)
David Dodsworth gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts before setting up his own studio to be able to experiment with imagery and methods of original printmaking and papermaking. Working with thick paints, gold leafs, and metals that he cuts with a jigsaw. He has created a totally individual style that became world renown by 1985. His work is typified by his use of exotic cast papers and the technique of carborundum aquatint, an innovative approach made famous in original intaglio printmaking by Joan Miro, the master surrealist. In the technique, a silicon carbide mixture is built up onto the surface of a copper plate (or sheet of thick Plexiglas), when a sheet of moistened paper is pressed up against the plate a highly textured relief area is created, which can be manipulated further by the applications of various pigments and materials. Dodsworth imagery is abstract, but simultaneously pleasing to the eye, as it incorporates many visually exotic techniques and characteristics.
He has won prizes in Japan and Germany and was accepted into the Royal Society of Painter Etchers in England. Many works by Dodsworth have been commissioned by some of the world’s largest corporations for their company headquarters, and his works are represented in many leading galleries throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.