Laine Tomkinson

 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire





Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 1958


University of Central Lancashire 2.1 Degree Fine Art 1976 -1979


Residencies, Affiliations
Member of the Printmaking Council 2011- 2016
Artist in residence; Leicester Print Workshop, September 2011 – May 2012


Solo exhibitions

2019 Invited exhibitor – The Other Art Fair, Truman Brewery site, Brick Lane, London
2018 Wiggle Whoogie – Solo exhibition, PR1 Gallery, University of Central Lancashire
2017 Remaking nature – Solo exhibition, The Wallner gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts
2015 Perfect day – Solo exhibition The Tarpey Gallery Castle Donnington, East Midlands
2014 Invited exhibitor – Wirksworth Arts festival Wirksworth, Derbyshire
2012 End of residency exhibition – Leicester Print Workshop, Leicestershire


Curatorial projects

Make Colour sing – Review of Contemporary abstraction – 2018 N.S.A Gallery Nottingham Featured artists; Martin Heron, David Manley, Lois Gardner-Sabet, Richard Perry, Andy Parkinson, Theresa Taylor, Laine Tomkinson, Oliva Peake, John Stockton


How soon is now – Review of contemporary abstraction – 2016 N.S.A Gallery Nottingham
Featured artists; Terry Greene, Claudia Bose, Lauri Hopkins, Laine Tomkinson, David Manley, Martin Heron, Rachel Pinks, Clay Smith, Lois Gardner-Sabet


Group exhibitions

2019 A Riotous Assembly – Deda Artspace, Derby City, curated by Professor David Manley
2017 Recall – Joint exhibition- former alumni of UCLan – The University of Central Lancashire
2017 Revealed – Contemporary Printmaking now – The Kunstuis gallery, North Yorkshire
2016 Sea; Land- 4 Person exhibition – The Lotte Inch gallery, York, Yorkshire
2016 Part of the process – Contemporary printmaking The Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donnington
2016 Hepworth Print fair – The Calder building, The Hepworth, Wakefield
2016 Ashborne arts festival – Ashbourne, Derbyshire
2016 How soon is now- Review of contemporary British abstraction – N.S.A Gallery, Nottingham
2016 Ten contemporary abstract artists -The Old Lock up gallery, Cromford, Derbyshire
2016 Off the press Six contemporary printmakers, The Old Station gallery, Rowsley, Derbyshire
2016 Northern Print Bi-annuale Invited Exhibitor – The Biscuit factory, Newcastle on Tyne
2014 Printfest Annual print festival -Ulverston, Cumbria
2013 Midlands Open – Tarpey Gallery Castle Donnington, East Midlands
2013 Passion for Print- curated by Leicester Print Workshop, Embrace Arts, Leicester University, Leicestershire
2012 Printmakers Council 8th International Mini print Exhibition, London Print Studios Gallery -then touring venues in Britain


Public / Private Collections

2019 Project to refurbish major Derbyshire company’s premises
2012 Portfolio of prints acquired by Fullers Brewery P.L.C.
2011 Selection of Prints acquired by Andersons Accounting, Barcelona
2010 Prints acquired by The Royal Bank of Scotland, Manchester


Work acquired by private collectors residing in Britain, Switzerland, Spain and America


Artist Statement

I explore the emotional attributes of experience and sensation though colour, depth and form. I’d describe my practice as lyrical abstraction. My prints begin as large screen-prints on Fabriano paper, often incorporating elements of monoprint or collage. I frequently refer to the print process itself by collaging cut up elements, such as the registration acetates of the print.


I orchestrate my personal array of marks within the frame and energetically pushing out of the edges. Repeatedly the shapes are dancing, reacting, hitting on each other, accordingly they are given movement based titles: Roundabout, Tumble, All fall down and Hoky-Koky.


Increasingly, I make one-off prints and, other than an idea of essence of the piece, I don’t have a fully formed idea of the final state until it’s completed – it’s a process of looking, thinking and improvisation, though a difficult/playful dialogue with the work.


“Laine’s printmaking practice deserves wider acclaim. Her painterly approach and unerring sense of colour produce prints that are both dynamic and beautiful. She is becoming hot property in printmaking circles- a true printmaker’s printmaker”

Lucy Philips, Director, Leicester Print Workshop



Tarpey Gallery
77 High Street
Castle Donington
De74 2pq

Opening Times

Thursday – Sunday
10am – 5pm


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