Gillian Garnica (1980) is a Printmaker who lives and works in Bristol. Her painterly approach to printmaking focuses on intaglio printing processes.
Gillian’s work is about paring-down form and line to a minimum in order to evoke a particular emotion. She is interested in how simplicity can produce a quiet yet powerful presence in a space. Working with found imagery and personal photographs, her prints are created through a process of reiteration. Stripped down of unnecessary features, the form is presented alone, revealing it’s idiosyncratic character. Printing on heavyweight handmade paper emphasises the tactility of the work, making the prints more akin to objects.
Gillian Garnica has a First-Class Degree in Photography and a Masters in Multidisciplinary Printmaking. In 2013 she won the Galleries Magazine Award at BITE: Artists Making Prints and received the Rebecca Smith Award. In 2015, Gillian was the recipient of a Print Fellowship from the University of the West of England and was given a bursary to study etching at Crown Point Press in San Francisco.
Gillian works as a Technical Instructor in the Print Centre at UWE and is a Tutor and Editioner at Spike Print Studio.