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

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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.

Exhibition Wishlist – October

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Here are some interesting looking exhibitions, hope to get to visit a few!

Angela Harding Prints and Paintings at Cambridge Contemporary Arts until 25th October 2015

From Eric Ravilious To Grayson Perry at The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden until 25th October 2015

The Art of Acquisition The Great Bardfield Artists’ Houses at The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden until 25th October 2015

Ed Kluz: Monument at John Martin Gallery, London until 31st October 2015

A History of Photography: Series and Sequences at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London until 1st November 2015

Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal at The Bowes Museum, County Durham until 8th November 2015

City Noir: John Duffin’s London in Paint and Print at For Arts Sake, Ealing, 23rd October – 22nd November 2015

Four Women Artists – Elizabeth Blackadder, Victoria Crowe, Alison McGill, Emily Sutton at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 4th November – 25th November 2015

The Power of Paper: 50 years of printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa at Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge until 6th December 2015

The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures – Curated by Mark Hearld at York Art Gallery until 2016

Bawden’s Book Illustration at The Higgins Bedford until January 2016

The Amazing World of M.C. Escher at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London until 17th January 2016

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist As Collector at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich until 24th January 2016

Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until 31st January 2016

Ronald Searle: ‘Obsessed with drawing’ at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until 31st January 2016

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London until 31st January 2016

Printvend at The Bookhive, Norwich

Untitled-16The other week I had a great time at The Bookhive in Norwich, where Illustrator Richard Horne (elhorno) has installed his Print Vend machine! The vending machine is full of original prints and is loads of fun to use! If you are in Norwich go and have a go! (Plus there are tonnes of brilliant books in store!)

MOONSTRIPS, Napoleon and Michelangelo

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A bit of catching up to do! Last month I visited the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge where I saw several exhibitions. First up was ‘MOONSTRIPS: Eduardo Paolozzi and the printed collage 1965-72′ which consisted of screenprints, collages and photolithographs by Paolozzi. Next I visited the print room where ‘Modern Heroism: Printmaking and the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte’ was on display. This exhibition included lithographs which both celebrated and ridiculed Napoleon, as well as prints illustrating the time period.

I also saw two pieces of sculpture, the first being the Rothschild bronzes, a pair of bronzes believed to be made by Michelangelo and a maquette of Antony Gormley’s ‘Angel of The North’.

Unfortunately because of my late blog posting most of these exhibitions have now closed. However, ‘A Michelangelo Discovery’ is on display until 9th August. The ‘Angel of The North’ maquette may also still be on display.