The second exhibition I visited yesterday while at The Higgins Bedford was Edward Bawden and his Studio. I greatly admire the work of Edward Bawden and this exhibition revealed new insights into his personal life that I was unaware of. I love being able to get up close to his prints, to see the marks he carved into lino and the impressive scale of some of the pieces.
The exhibition documents Bawden’s time at three studios in his life – Redcliffe Road, London, which he shared with Eric Ravilious; Brick House, Great Bardfield and Park Lane, Saffron Walden, where he spent the end of his life.
Highlights inlclude ‘The Pagoda, Kew Gardens’ – a very large linocut of the iconic pagoda, an earlier version of which featured on a Transport for London poster; ‘Peacock and Magpie’ – a vibrant colour linocut of an image from Aesop’s Fables and ‘Church and Thunderstorm’ – another large scale linocut of an atmospheric Saffron Walden church struck by a thunderstorm.
Edward Bawden and his Studio runs until 28th January 2018. A brilliant exhibition for admirers of Bawden and for people interested in finding out about him.
Image credit: The Higgins Bedford
On Saturday I visited the Norwich Print Fair. It was my first time attending the fair and I really enjoyed it! St. Margaret’s Church on St. Benedict’s Street was packed full of brilliant printmaking and because I went on a Saturday most of the printmakers were there.
It is difficult to choose, but some of my highlights included Neil Bousfield’s engravings of the Norfolk coast, Vanessa Lubach’s linocuts of cats and chickens, Elaine Nason’s linocuts and Laura White’s etchings of family photographs.
I am particularly fond of Richard Horne’s Print Vend machine, which has been filled with new prints! The Print Vend machine is full of little boxes containing a random screen print, if you do visit the fair make sure you have a go!
Illustrator and printmaker, Paul Bommer was also at the fair. He had a lovely display of work including screen prints. I chose a print of Norwich Pubs, which I am very pleased with!
Norwich Print Fair continues until Saturday 17th September. Saturday will be another open portfolio day where you get the opportunity to meet the artists and browse their unframed prints as well as the exhibition. I definitely recommend visiting the fair and hope to be back again!
Norwich Print Fair until 17th September 2016, 10am – 5pm St. Margaret’s Church, St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich. Free entry
I can now reveal the sleeve I designed for this year’s Secret 7″! I created an original linocut and printed it directly onto the record sleeve for Tame Impala’s track ‘The Less I Know The Better’. If you want to know where I got the idea for the image from then watch the video for the song, but be warned it is a bit risque!
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
Here is the final print for the Cambridge Folk Festival project!
Earlier this year I created a design for the Cambridge Folk Festival. I chose to do a reduction linocut and to experiment with ‘rainbow rolling’!
The record sleeve I designed for Secret 7″ was chosen and purchased by the lady above! I would just like to say thank you to her and to Secret 7″. Although I had a very small part in the exhibition, it has meant a lot to me to be selected. This was the first time my work has been exhibited in London and in such a great place like Somerset House! I hope this post isn’t too sentimental, but I wanted to express how grateful I am! Thank you!