Naomi Arbuthnot (b.1995) is a printmaker based in Derry, Northern Ireland. She works in a combination of traditional and contemporary printmaking disciplines, including silk-screen printing and hand-drawn illustration to create a distinctive body of work characterised by vibrant colours and a bold graphic style.
Always observing her environment, from holiday sightseeing to quiet domestic moments and natural landscapes, Arbuthnot gathers photographic source material for her printmaking projects.
Her process involves analysis of the images, defining the most succinct way to depict the scene and breaking down the complex colours into planes that can be printed in a single colour. This process is heavily influenced by Pop Art where the proponents were looking for the recognisable essence of a subject matter, creating punchy, iconic images.
The specific colour palette for each work is carefully chosen to best communicate the imagery and set an atmosphere for the piece. Arbuthnot mixes colour by hand to get the perfect hue and build up unique colour ways to use in her work.
Recent exhibitions include at Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast (October 2019 and October 2020).