Artist Feature
An Interview with Chris Bourke

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By  jessie alice
4th June 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 10.55.26 Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 10.55.45 Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 10.56.02 Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 10.56.14Nelly Duff presents a solo show of amazing lino-cuts by Chris Bourke. ‘It is a Sad and Beautiful World’ is an exhibition of original works, small editions, gold-leaf and ink hand-finishing. The show will open up the artist’s extensive portfolio and launch several new limited editions, exclusive to the show.

These artworks embody the techniques and themes that Chris has become renowned for, yet also mark exciting new directions.

Housed in our gallery on Columbia Road, ‘It is a Sad and Beautiful World’ will feature alongside the gallery’s permanent and evolving collection of high quality and hand-made editions.

Discuss An Interview with Chris Bourke

  • Your artworks often incorporate sayings, what is the importance of text in your work?

    Sometimes a piece of text just really fits an idea I’ve had or the text will be the start of the idea, but I really like the fact that I might be able to bring that idea to people in a new way, or act as a source of inspiration for people in some small way. I think about all the people that get me stoked and I just want to pass some of that on.
  • As an artist what's more important, the process or the final result?

    At this stage in my life it’s all about the process, if you are diligent through each step of the process the final result looks after itself.
  • You produce a large amount of work - where do you find your inspiration and impetus?

    Ideas come to me at a rate that I simply cannot deal with in terms of the physical work needed to realise them as prints. My impetus is that I simply want to do as much as possible in terms of making work while I’m on this planet, i’m well aware that we are not here forever and I’ve got enough ideas for two lifetimes hence the work rate. I’ve got to get it all out. My heroes have always been the doers, the toilers, that’s were I’m at.
  • You work almost exclusively in linocut prints, what is it about this medium that best articulates your ideas and imagery?

    I think as someone who trained as a silversmith that the actual carving and 3d aspect of the work really appeals to me, obviously most people don’t get to see the carved blocks that the prints are made from but essentially i make a 3d object to make a 2d print so it appeals to the part of me that really likes craft and that aspect of the work is really satisfying to me.
  • 'It is a Sad and Beautiful World' is the name of your exhibition, why did you choose this title and what does it mean?

    I chose the name because it’s a line from one of my favourite ever films Down By Law by Jim Jarmusch. My Dad turned me onto that movie along with a whole host of other amazing stuff, so it works out as a nice nod to him too. The quote pretty much sums everything up, I mean really what more is there to say?
" It’s all about the process, if you are diligent through each step of the process the final result looks after itself."