About Lucy Gell

Lucy Gell Printmaker & Illustrator

Early Career

After studying graphic design – illustration at Staffordshire university I began a career in animation. During my this fun and exciting time I was responsible for fabricating the Martians in the Tim Burton film ‘Mars Attacks’. I made many foam latex and silicone parts of puppets for productions at Cosgrove Hall Films in Manchester.

I was given the wonderful role of puppet maintenance on many children’s TV productions. My ultimate goal, however, was to become a puppet animator. I achieved this and went on to animate on programmes including Noddy, Postman Pat, Bob the Builder and Andy Pandy.

Whilst animating fulltime I signed up for a short course in printmaking. There I discovered a overwhelming passion for all things print. With a desire to get my hands inky I learnt various techniques such as acid etching, linocut and screen printing.

My Printmaking Career

I took a break from animation to start a family and found that I was able to devote more of my time to printmaking. This provided a good work – life balance while my three children were young.

As my knowledge and enthusiasm grew I started to exhibit my work at various creative events and I began to sell my prints through my website.

My hand printed original prints and illustrations blend simple design, line and textures with an emphasis on character and personality.

I love to illustrate the wonderful creatures that walk and fly around our crazy world. Animals have played a very important role in my life and each one has it’s own individual characteristics that make them all so special and unique. This is why I love them so much.

Lucy Gell working on Martian Attacks
Lucy Gell and her dogs

I have exhibited at shows such as Printfest in Cumbria, Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival Devon and the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester and many more. I offer printmaking workshops to all abilities because I believe printmaking is good for you. These print workshops include individual 1-1 sessions, group workshops and printmaking art retreats abroad.

I am a member of and exhibit with the Worcestershire Guild of Contemporary Craft, the High Peak Artists and Craft Workers Association in Buxton, Derbyshire and West Yorkshire Print Workshop.

I love spending time with my family, travelling, cycling, singing, cuddling cats and walking my dogs!

Watch a couple of interviews with me Lucy Gell …

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