Mike Smith


I am a printmaker focusing my work mostly through the medium of lino block printing.

Originally from Liverpool, I trained at Liverpool and Newport Colleges of Art as a graphic designer. I worked happily for many years as a teacher for the Leeds Education Authority. Married to the painter Julia Keates, we are based in Addingham.

A member of the West Yorkshire Print Workshop, my work is always developed from my own drawn or photographic observations. Although not exclusively so, I use a ‘reduction’ process that has employed up to fifteen different colour printing stages but only one printing block.

My work continues to follow several different themes. My love of birds and flight, (perhaps as consequence of my own experiences as a glider pilot) continues, as does my fascination with water in all its various moods.

My work is on view and sale in a number of galleries in the Leeds and Yorkshire area. My portfolio and an extended explanation of the processes I use can be viewed on my website – www.mikesmithprints.co.uk