Eric Gaskell

Painter and Print-maker

Born in Wigan in 1957, Eric Gaskell studied painting and printmaking at Wigan College and Sunderland College. After leaving art college he won two painting scholarships, to New York and Istanbul and the Sunderland Fine Art prize. Now based in Rugby, he has continually worked in the creative industry; making, teaching and illustrating.


Eric Gaskell began making canal linocuts in 2004. This was the start of a journey from north to south across the UK canal network.​​

These small black and white linocuts spawned a whole oeuvre of new work, both larger, coloured linocuts and paintings made around the canal network. To the extent that Gaskell became known as a canal artist.

Materials and processes

Drawing is key to Eric Gaskell's work and has been since college - it is a diary, an academic exercise and a way to work through ideas.