Director of NONaffArt
Frank Aitken Graduated from Cardiff University, Howard Gardens in 2000 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art majoring in sculpture and printmaking. He then completed a PGCE and has worked in the education sector for over 20 years where he has taught a wide range of creative art specialisms across many disciplines. He is a trained printmaker and artist who likes to explore how language, meaning, and memory is used (both textually and visually).
“I have always been fascinated by how the written and visual language works within society and how it surrounds objects, memory and meaning. I also have an interest in the way it is transmitted through both text and the visual arts and more importantly its accuracy of meaning.”
The work displayed represents an ongoing project focusing on the use of monotype printmaking to explore memory and location. The works are inspired by memories of different locations experienced both in the past and more recently. He did not use visual reference when creating the work as he wanted to explore his own recollection, feelings, and experiences of the environments depicted.
He considers these prints to be part of an ongoing project which he will be continuing to explore and develop into a range of different creative outcomes over the coming months.
The step you see is the initial creative process where he is trying to develop a language using different inking and mark-making techniques and processes. The next step will be to develop and explore the subject of the prints further using different sized printing plates and changing the scale of the work. There is also the possibility he will take this project into a new or different medium later as he develops his ideas further.