PCA Member Q&A: Chris Ingham

Up Against It All, 2015, etching, 33.5 x 26 cm (image size) 63 x 59 cm (paper size). This print was selected for the 2015 PCA Print Commission. It is available to purchase through the PCA store.

‘I discovered Goya’s Los Caprichos in a bookstore and it astonished me. After that, I began searching for places offering printmaking classes, and I continued on from there.’ 

Chris Ingham lives in Victoria

Why do you make art?

Because I can’t imagine myself doing anything else in my spare time.

What’s your relationship to printmaking?

Well, it’s my job four days a week, as I work at the Australian Printmaking Workshop as a technician. The other three days are spent thinking about and making my own prints, with domestic duties in between. I also have a partner who’s a printmaker … So you might say it’s a pretty big part of my life.

How did you get interested in printmaking?

I tried painting initially, but it didn’t really suit my interests. Then I discovered Goya’s Los Caprichos in a bookstore and it astonished me. After that, I began searching for places offering printmaking classes, and I continued on from there.

Who is your favourite artist?

I suppose I go back to Francisco Goya a lot, but that said I have lots of favourite artists, and many types of art interest me, from El Greco to Tàpies and many others in between and beyond.

What is your favourite artwork?

I don’t really have one favourite. Different artists’ artworks have impressed me in different ways over the years. It keeps evolving.

Where do you go for inspiration?

Travelling abroad has been a huge source of inspiration for me. I always bring a sketchbook, to note down impressions, which later often get developed into print ideas.

What are you working on now?  

I’m working on sketches for a lithography project that I will work on in a printmaking residency in Dresden, Germany, over Christmas.