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Born 1953 Bristol, England.
Burin engraving on copper “Barry Cottrell is the foremost engraver on copper in Britain today. After studying psychology and philosophy at Oxford University, Cottrell attended the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, where he won the Ruskin Drawing Prize. It was while studying at the Ruskin that he learned to engrave from Jean Lodge, who herself had been taught by Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17. Cottrell's work is therefore in the direct lineage of Hayter's great revival of engraving.” -Idbury Prints
“His images...display for me an almost unimaginable level of skill. However, it is the marriage of content and technique that make his engravings so successful.” - Mychael Barratt, Intaglio Printmaking, London: A & C Black, 2008, p. 94.
Selected public collections Barry Cottrell has exhibited his engravings nationally and internationally over three decades in both group and one person shows. His work is in public collections including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the British Museum, London, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, the Calcografía Nacional, Madrid, the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, the National Museum of American History, The Smithsonian, Washington D.C., the Faringdon Collection, Buscot Park, Oxfordshire, Aberystwyth University, Wales