Hester Cox

Hester Cox is a full-time printmaker specialising in collagraphs but interested in all aspects of printmaking. The excitement of peeling off the first proof has never diminished!

Hester Cox graduated from Harrow School of Art and Design with a BA(Hons) in Illustration in 1994. She lives and works in Masham, North Yorkshire. Collagraph and solarplate are her preferred methods and she often combines these to create one richly coloured and textured print. She enjoys working in a very detailed way and may use up to five or six plates to create one image. This careful planning is balanced with the use of collage materials, painting and cutting meaning that there is unpredictability inherent in the image making. The plates are sealed with varnish and then inked, wiped and put through the press. It is the moment when Hester lifts the paper to reveal the image that is so compelling, her design and intention mixed with the excitement of the unknown.

Hester’s inspiration is most often derived from the natural landscape, the plants and wildlife that inhabit it and the stories, myths and symbolism associated with them. Hester runs workshops for children and adults both privately and for ArtisOn Ltd., North Yorkshire County Council, Rural Arts North Yorkshire and the Woodland Trust. She regularly exhibits and sells her work across the UK. In 2010, she was invited to become one of three artists in residence at Nidderdale Museum creating work inspired by the museum’s bird egg collection. Using this as a starting point, she has studied the migrating curlews that fly in from the west coast to lay their eggs in Nidderdale. The resulting prints and supporting drawings went on display in summer 2011. She was also chosen by Crysalis Arts to take part in their Extending Practice programme. This has enabled her to work with Jane Sellars, the curator of the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate, who mentored her throughout a project based on the Vale of York Viking Hoard, jointly owned by the Yorkshire and British Museums. Her artistic response to this beautiful and important treasure was exhibited alongside the hoard at the Mercer Art Gallery from September 2011 until January 2012.