Profiles and Our Trustees

Cumbria Printmakers Trustees are:

Kevin O’Connor – Chair of Trustees

Kevin O’Connor is a professional practising artist working in painting, sculpture and performance art. His experience in art education is extensive. During his full time lecturing at Portsmouth College of Art and Design he studied for his M.A. at The University of Sussex in Curriculum Development in Higher Education. In 1972/3 he exchanged his post, and spent a year in the USA. During the Eighties he lived and worked in London, and founded the Brixton Art Gallery and the Brixton Festival with a small group of local activists. He moved to Cumbria in 1986 where he continued to paint and experiment with sculpture. He has been artist in residence at a number of schools under the Cumbria Arts in Education programme. Other activities have included Lead Creative Practitioner for Creative Partnerships Cumbria. Painting and printmaking continue to play a large part in his overall creative output. Recent works concentrate on images that combine with text to create a significant impact on the viewer. The visual dialogue reaches back into the artist’s past and presents a collection of ideas that collectively tell a story based on experience. Kevin has exhibited or performed throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Belgium, South Korea, Cyprus and France.

 

Jill Davis – Deputy Chair

Jill obtained a B.Ed from Newcastle University in 1971 in Art and English and worked for many years as a teacher. Since she left teaching in 2004 she has obtained a BA and MA in Fine Art at The University of Cumbria. She has always been interested in print as part of her art practice and was an enthusiastic attender at the West Cumbria Print Studio from its inception.

Since finishing her degree she has started and runs a successful artist group in West Cumbria. She is also a founder member of Florence Paintmakers, a small cooperative which makes hand-made artists’ materials at Florence Mine Arts Centre in Egremont. The company uses natural pigments sourced from Cumbrian rocks to make oil paint, watercolours and pastels.

Jill exhibits locally and her work can be seen on her website jilldavisart.co.uk

Dawn Mills – Deputy Chair

Dawn Mills is a well-established artist in Cumbria, having exhibited in many local exhibitions. She was featured in a solo article ‘Art on the edge’ in Cumbria Life magazine. January 2013. She was Muncaster Artist in Residence 2014-15 where she created a portfolio of paintings and prints. Dawn lives in St Bees, Cumbria.