Hugh Ribbans produces woodcuts and linocuts, mixing heavily grained wood - often driftwood -
and lino in his prints. Hugh will be exhibiting at the Brighton Art Fair.
Where did you train? What did training teach you and what do you wish it had taught you?
One favourite living artist?
Peter Blake. He was at his Pop Art peak in the sixties and seventies when I was working in London advertising agencies in the Carnaby Street area. We went to his launch previews at all the galleries. He was and still is a constantly innovative creative practitioner.
One favourite historical artist?
I have been asked to produce many interesting linocut commissions - for a national brewer, a museum collection of stuffed animals and currently for the national fruit collection in Kent. I had a bit of fun with an enlarged linocut on a banner to feature on a lamp post on London's South Bank - of a green woodpecker - 25 feet deep and pecking at the post. Another fun job was redesigning Blackpool Tower Aquarium.
What music are you currently listening to?
I am currently playing Dory Previn and the work of Eric Coates in my car.
How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?
The internet is a delicious curse.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
I have a studio/workshop in my house on Conyer Creek near Faversham in Kent. This is home to my Columbian press.
When a print is going well - complete satisfaction. Until it is finished and then it's on to the next one to do it better.
A complete hand printed book with linocut illustrations and metal typesetting of the poems of John Betjeman.
To achieve an improvement on 'Selected but not Hung' at the Royal Academy.