Drypoint (etching on copper plate)

Tim Pomeroy is a professional sculptor, painter, printmaker and ex-lecturer at Grey’s School of Art, Aberdeen. He exhibits regularly in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Born in Hamilton Scotland in 1957, Tim Pomeroy attended Gray’s School of Art from 1976-81. He spent a short time secondary school teaching, and returned to Gray’s to lecture there for six months before establishing himself as a full-time artist in 1983. Initially he exhibited artworks at the Edinburgh Festival 1981-1991. Since 1996 he has gained representation in several London, Edinburgh and Glasgow Galleries. His career has included many one-off projects principally as a sculptor but has also embraced book illustration, theatre-design and mural painting.
There have been several solo London exhibitions of his sculptural and graphic work from 1999 to the present day and his sculptures feature in several public collections. He showed with Agnews Gallery from 2007 to 2011 including two very successful solo shows in 2009 and 2011. He participated in The Fine Art Society’s 2012 exhibition Carving in Britain. Since then Tim has regularly featured as one of their contemporary sculptors including three solo exhibitions: at the Edinburgh branch in Dundas Street (2015) in New Bond Street (2014) and (2017).

His most recent works are based on organic subject matter (Butterfly Eggs Pine Cones, Acorns) but they also reveal a real interest in fossil forms and the usefulness and beauty of man-made objects both from Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology (Whorl, Pictish Ball) and from contemporary life (String, Screwhead).

Drypoint is a form of etching whereby the image is incised freehand directly onto the copper plate with a hardened steel or diamond-tipped scribe. It is a very immediate technique, there is no acid involved. Drypoint etchings are characterised by their softness of line caused by the ink printing from the burr thrown up by the incision as well as the incised line itself. This makes it an ideal printmaking technique for subjects that enjoy that softness of line; animals, flowers, woodland landscapes. These are only broad guidelines; any subject can produce very successful drypoint etchings. Most notably Rembrandt, Whistler, Goya, in Scotland James Mcbey all very successfully practised drypoint etching.