Secret 7″ 2016

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I’m excited and surprised that my Secret 7″ record sleeve design is being included in the exhibition at Sonos Studio, London! Apparently this year there were a record number of submissions, which is why I’m surprised I am selected! I’m not allowed to reveal the artwork until after the exhibition, which is from 8th April – 1st May, with the sale day being on 2nd May. Each record is for sale at £50, with the money raised going to support the charity Amnesty International UK.

Click here for more information on the Secret 7″ project

Bawden By The Sea

On Saturday I visited The Bedford Higgins, especially to see the Bawden By The Sea exhibition. I had never been to Bedford before, the museum is in an old brewery building and is situated in a pleasant spot near the castle mound and the river (lots of lovely swans on the river!).

I was really looking forward to seeing Bawden By The Sea, especially the original lino blocks for Brighton Pier. The exhibition took you from the initial sketches, to the lino blocks and to the final prints. I loved studying the block in detail and reading about the process. It was refreshing to see that the ‘master’ of linocuts made mistakes and struggled with the process, but still produced excellent prints. There are other sea related etchings and linocuts, including Snowstorm at Brighton, as well as porcelain designed for the Orient Line. There were also other works by Bawden hidden away in vertical drawers and a bench that he designed. I was very impressed and feel lucky to have seen the lino blocks up close.

Aside from the Bawden exhibition, I saw J.M.W. Turner & The Art of Watercolour. There were some great paintings, my favourite being The Great Falls of the Reichenbach, the scale and realism are impressive. This exhibition is joined to another room of watercolours from the museum’s collection and included some very nice works by David Jones and Paul Nash. J.M.W. Turner & The Art of Watercolour runs until 10th April 2016.

The permanent exhibits at the museum are very interesting too, I particularly enjoyed Somewhere In England, which documents Bedford’s agricultural and engineering heritage, and also the display about the history of the brewery.

For anyone interested in printmaking I would definitely recommend visiting Bawden By The Sea!

Bawden By The Sea runs until 29th January 2017

LAND At Martello Tower, Aldeburgh

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In January I went to Aldeburgh for the day and came across this sculpture by Antony Gormley. It is a cast iron, life-sized figure and is one of five sculptures across the UK that make up the piece called LAND. It stands on top of the Martello Tower and faces east across the North Sea. As you can see from my picture, when I finally reached the tower it was almost dark, but I did manage to see it! I studied Gormley at Sixth Form so I was interested to take a look. If you want to catch it I think you have until May 2016.

Catching up…

Apologies for my lack of posts recently! I have been preoccupied with making new prints and setting up the UK Printmakers community (which you should check out!). I kept meaning to post a couple of things just before Christmas, the first being the Etsy Made Local fair in Cambridge. I went there especially to have a go on Richard Horne‘s new Printvend machine, where I managed to complete my collection of Printvend prints! I previously used the original  Printvend machine, which is now a permanent feature in The Book Hive, Norwich. It was great fun and I love the idea of a vending machine with prints inside! It was also nice to actually meet the person behind the prints, Richard Horne.

After the fair I went to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to catch The Power of Paper, an exhibition featuring printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa. The exhibition was described as ‘a revelation of eloquent art made by black and indigenous artists since the 1960s. Inspired by environments from the Arctic to the Australian desert, from the country and the city, it foregrounds visions of place, custom and history, in settings that are at once profoundly different, yet linked by empire and the politics of decolonization.’ There were some great prints, which reminded me of some of the work I saw earlier in the year at The Polar Museum.

Ronald Searle ‘Obsessed with drawing’

A must-see for anyone interested in illustration! The exhibition runs until 31st January 2016

Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings

 

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Earlier this month I visited Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

The amusing exhibition features work from James Gillray, Glen Baxter and Hogarth. The show includes both humorous pictures and illustrations with a moral message.

It is hard to pick highlights from the exhibition as there are so many great pieces, but I was especially pleased to see two works by Glen Baxter after having looked at him whilst at art school.

The exhibition runs until 31st January 2016