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John McGowan

John McGowan Printmaker

John is one of the few artists in the Peterborough area who works exclusively in printmaking. Work is designed and produced in his own print studio in Northborough. One print can take up to two months to produce, as he goes through an extensive process of proofing before starting to print an edition.  Editions are rarely more than 25 and are printed with acrylic based inks on high quality mould-made papers. They are available framed or unframed.

John has been making original prints for over 50 years. His printmaking practice developed radically in 1979/80 when he began a series based on images of the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal. Prints are now produced in small editions in his own studio in Northborough.  He is mainly known for his screenprints of the British Industrial heritage: Dockside warehouses (now in the Museum of London’s collection), Signal Boxes and a recent Paper Mill Suite. He still continues to experiment with print techniques and subject matter, particularly through a 25 year long “cubist” series.  John taught Art in Northampton, Peterborough and Oundle. He has recently exhibited in Stamford, Northampton and has had a recent large scale exhibition in Alfred East Gallery, Kettering.

In the Studio this Year:

I have a new printing press that I am using to print Drypoint and Relief prints.

There will be small exhibition in the Garage Gallery

The studio will have  “Work-in-Progress” displays.

Several browsers with prints available from £10.

Selection of greetings cards for sale and free A5 cards of my print themes.

Demonstrations :

Week 1:(29/30th June) Drypoint

Week2: (7th July) Card Relief Prints

Week 3: (13/14th July) Screenprinting

Free Printmaking Workshops

Sunday 30th June 11.00 – 13.00 Drypoint – suitable for 8+ and Adults

Sunday 7th July 11.00 – 13.00 Card Relief prints  (as above)

Sunday 14th July 11.00 – 13.00 Screenprinting (as above)

Note: Space and time are limited, please book ahead (tel./text 07522 417430)

A Printmaker’s Year

See my short film on YouTube

Where can see the work now?

You can see his work at:

Peterborough Open 2019 – 29 March – 26 May

Black Cab Studio, Deeping St. James. Carriages , Fen Drayton

John’s 2016 video on Print Techniques

Print Wins John Art Award

See John McGowan Printmaker on Facebook

*Original Prints – An original print is a work of art created by hand and printed by hand, by the artist, from a plate, block, stone, or stencil that has been hand created by the artist for the sole purpose of producing the desired image. The plates or stencils it is printed from bear no resemblance to the finished work of art, which means it is not a copy or a reproduction of anything.  Each print produced is technically a unique work although produced as a signed and numbered multiple.  The original print is usually produced as a limited number of impressions, another word for print. The term for this group of prints is the edition. Although there are many of the same image in an edition, each print is an individual part of the whole, the whole being the edition. An original print is actually one piece of a multiple original work of art. (Bill Wheeler)

Images on the site are copyright of the artist.

Exhibition address
39 Church Street, Northborough, Peterborough PE6 9BN

Telephone 01733 252255
Mobile 07522 417430

Open days

Saturday 29th June 2019 (1100 - 1630)
Sunday 30th June 2019 (1100 - 1630)
Saturday 6th July 2019 (1100 - 1630)
Sunday 7th July 2019 (1100 - 1630)
Sunday 14th July 2019 (1100 - 1630)

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A working Printmaker’s Studio.




My prints feature Buildings, Landscapes, Still Life, Railways, Factories, Canals. Images are Local, London and Venetian.

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