Ian Cutmore

I am a studio-based artist interested in making contemporary art based on the landscape. My initial observations are digital, photographic or film based and made when driving. They depict a landscape, which moves continuously, viewed obliquely through the frame of a car window, showing a space that is ambiguous, undergoing constant transformation.

My practice is an informed development of these observations, exploring the process of making: abstract, formal, sequential as well as figurative, narrative, expressive. I work across digital and traditional platforms, adopting a multimedia/ multidisciplinary approach, using inspiration from diverse sources and merging hand crafting and digital skills practice.

Through material engagement I seek to re evaluate and extend my skill base; and to explore my concepts. I engage in a dialogue to create a repository of ‘made’ and found’ images that investigate areas outside the expected remit of their anticipated outcome. This innovative process is open-ended and looks at contrasting ways of exploring formal and material qualities that reflect the transitory, contingent nature of my subject.

Digital imaging, printing, collage, painting and drawing techniques are used to create a body of work that reveals initially overlooked aspects of the familiar, the everyday, the contingent and explores its method of depiction.

I am an active member of Backlit studio community, taking part in open studio events, studio meetings and critical discussions with fellow practitioners.


2016 Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

2016 Group exhibition Surface Gallery.

2015 Solo exhibition 35 Gamble Street, Nottingham

2013 Peter Chapman Gallery, Newark, Nottinghamshire

2013 Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

2013 Lady Bay Arts Festival, Lady Bay, Nottingham

2012 Nottingham Annual Open, Nottingham Castle Museum

29th September – 28th October

2012 12th East Midlands Art Auction, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham

15th – 25th February

2011 Eight – group exhibition Surface Gallery, Nottingham

October 4th – 15th

2011 Nottingham Annual Open, Nottingham Castle Museum

8th October – 6th November

2011 MA Exposition, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham

July 15th to July 22nd

2011 The International Postcard Show Surface Gallery. Nottingham

January 18th to January 29th

2010 Surface Dwellers, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

May 5th to May 13th

2003 Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire.

2002 Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire

1977 – 1980 Degree Show BA Hons Fine Art Trent Polytechnic