Anja Percival's soft quiet etchings are an exploration of different atmospheres found in our urban environment. She uses variations in light, form, texture & colour to magnify the moods and sensations of the places she has visited and experienced. It was during an extended artistic residency in Copenhagen that Anja found herself drawn to new foreign surroundings and her work began to take on a much more urban feel exploring the complexities of the city. On her return to her native Durham in 2009 she retained this interest.
Her compositions aim to combine different moods of light with contrasting space and surface qualities. She enjoys working with a variety of etching techniques, including wax resist on aquatint, 'soft' ground, 'white' ground and burnishing, which result in subtle tonal differences within her imagery. The work rarely starts with a line but instead focuses on the highlights within an image, using techniques that build on the areas that will remain light, instead of building up the image with dark line and shading. During the printing process she applies ink to the plate in quite a painterly fashion ('À la poupée') that allows her to vary density and colour in such a way as to exaggerate the effect of the etched image.
Anja Percival has exhibited all around the UK and is the recipient of the Haigh Award at PrintFest 2017, Printmaker of the Year at PrintFest 2010, First Prize at the A4 Printmaker's Prize and the Bodil Prize awarded at Fyns Grafiske Værksted, Odense. Her work has been exhibited all around the UK, and is in numerous private collections.