From Island-hopping to The Cat's Pyjama's: a simple tale.
Artinker is a husband and wife design team based in the South East of England. We are Robert and Liza Askew and live and work in the outback of rural Hertfordshire where Robert enjoys sharpening his pencils and Liza enjoys gardening in quite a big way. Our website shows Robert's current designs of hand-drawn pen and ink Greetings Cards for all manner of occasions - all given his particular magical quality and slight nod to the obscure.
Greetings cards are not where it ends though; no.
A self-taught artist, Robert knew he had a talent when, as a young man he spent some time island-hopping around the mediterranean; his bed and board paid for by drawing murals and portraits for locals and tourists alike. He was away for months!
Eventually lured back and into a 'proper job' - he worked as a civil servant for the next twenty years. Always, however, dipping back into his pencil case to create pen and ink gifts for family and friends. It wasn't until 2015, when, living in the Lake District he took the plunge and organised a solo exhibition at the wonderful Percy House Gallery in Cockermouth www.percyhouse.co.uk
Since then, re-vitalised and energised, he has developed his range and continues to develop his style, worked on commissions and illustrations for a number of publishers, in addition to setting up Artinker to sell his hand-drawn greeting card designs.
You will find our Limited Edition prints -not yet highlighted on this website but available none the less- in a number of shops and galleries in the U.K. most recently in www.cobweb-slaithwaite.co.uk an elegant antiques shop in Slaithwaite, near Manchester, selling beautiful furniture, furnishings and home accessories.
Please click here if you would like to see our Limited Edition prints we have for sale.
Robert is currently working on illustrations for a children's book about a dog. Woof!
Further examples of Robert's hand-drawn designs are on their way and we shall also be unveiling some additional wares you will be able to buy on-line.
We are occasionally on the road at events which will be up-dated here and also on our social-media pages. It is always a real pleasure to meet our customers and get the immediate feed-back and reactions to Robert's designs.
Alas, the current situation has curtailed this social aspect of all of our lives - albeit temporarily. We look forward to the time we can be out and about again.
In the mean-time; STAY SAFE.
Midnight - Limited Edition Print