Traditional Norwich artist shows off his skill at Russian festival

Artist Martin Mitchell in his workshop on Muspole Street, Norwich. Picture: SENT IN BY MARTIN MITCHE

Artist Martin Mitchell in his workshop on Muspole Street, Norwich. Picture: SENT IN BY MARTIN MITCHELL - Credit: SENT IN BY MARTIN MITCHELL

A Norwich artist with a rare talent showed off his skill at an international gathering of creative experts.

A mezzotint engraving of winter oaks near Surlingham broad created by Martin Mitchell. Picture: MART

A mezzotint engraving of winter oaks near Surlingham broad created by Martin Mitchell. Picture: MARTIN MITCHELL - Credit: MARTIN MITCHELL

Martin Mitchell, 52, of Friars Quay, attended the fourth biannual International Mezzotint Festival in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg.

The self-taught artist started out doing etchings before moving on to the traditional skill of mezzotint about 10 years ago.

Mezzotint is an elaborate form of engraving on copper to produce a tonal print.

It was developed in the 16th century and was thought of as high-end art in the 18th and 19th centuries. Photography brought about the decline of the skill.


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More than 700 mezzotint engravings were on display at the festival by 99 artists from 33 countries - including work showing Norfolk's trees by Mr Mitchell.

The 52-year-old, who runs Muspole Workshops in Norwich, said: 'Mezzotint is rarely practised now. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss people's work.'

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