David Robertson

2022 QEST Scholar - Printmaking
Somerset

David Robertson is a printmaker inspired by the beauty of nature. He specialises in wood engraving on end grain wood blocks using traditional tools for which he has won numerous prizes including the Jackson Art Prize (Royal Birmingham Society of Artists), the Rachel Reckitt Prize (Society of Wood Engravers) and the Great Art Prize (National Original Print Exhibition). He has artwork in public collections including the Ashmolean Museum, Royal Collections Trust and Central Academy Fine Art, Beijing, as well as in private collections around the world. 

QEST funding will support David in a bespoke course in four-block colour wood engraving with master wood engraver, Chris Daunt, enabling him to become the only engraver in the South West practising the extremely rare four-block technique. In addition, he will undertake courses in digital editing tools, and a five-day course with QEST Scholar Kate Boucher to learn teaching skills and how to structure and deliver wood engraving workshops.

Four-block colour wood engraving is a highly specialised technique, I’m excited to bring wood engraving to a new generation using the same tools and equipment as Thomas Bewick over 200 years ago.