John Pedder

'' Woodcut printing slows me down, allowing me to invest more of myself in apparently simple marks.

I've spent most of my life avoiding the sophistication that experience and refined craft skills will inevitably bring, using them instead to constantly distil my images. My main motive is the basic need to create. The subject matter tends to deal with the nobility of life: finding the honour and goodness in a person, a deed, a situation, coupled with a large helping of humour, then hopefully you have what you see before you, an aesthetic journey using craft skills and design to try and make sense of an increasingly bewildering world. Sophistication is all well and good but in the primitive you will find the truth.''