SOCIETY OF WOOD ENGRAVERS until 19 Feb 2017

I visited the annual exhibition of work from the Society of Wood Engravers at Bankside Gallery this week – if you are interested in printmaking you have till tomorrow to see this exhibition.

Here are my favourite three prints from the exhibition in no particular order – it’s always the birds that get my attention time and time again. Click on the images to be taken to the artists’ websites.

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Julian Witts, ‘Black Grouse’, Black & White Woodcut.

 

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Peter Brown, ‘The Stalker’, Linocut

 

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Rosamund Fowler, ‘Cherry Blossom’, Wood Engraving

PROCESS & POSSIBILITIES

Exhibition: Process & Possibilities

Location: Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh

Date: Until 15th April 2017

Details: 2017 marks the 50th year of Edinburgh Printmakers. To celebrate, we’re running a series of exhibitions that showcase prints from our archive – a collection of approximately 10,000 prints that are not currently accessible to the public.

Process & Possibilities, curated by Dr Lesley Logue, demonstrates multi-layered, experimental and expressive forms of mark making using traditional printmaking techniques. Through their engagement with printmaking and its responsive nature the artists selected have helped to lay and then build upon the foundations of printmaking as a fine-art practice in Scotland and beyond.

Image credit Edinburgh Printmakers

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OPPORTUNITY: ON PAPER CONTEST

Opportunity: On Paper Contest

Deadline: 1st April 2017

Entry Fee: 25€

Prizes: 1ST PRIZE 1000€. 2ND PRIZE AWAGAMI PAPER AWARD, 100 sheets of AWAGAMI EDITIONING paper worth 500€

Details: Each artist can submit one piece of work on a paper size of 300mm x 400mm, (30cm x 40cm). The print size can be any within the size of the paper.  The work must have been made using any traditional printmaking techniques, including screenprinting, lithography, etching, collagraph, monotipe, electro-etching, woodcut, photopolymer, etc. We also encourage artists to use non-toxic techniques.  However, digital prints are not accepted.

The work must be relatively new, completed in the last couple of years, not before, and not have received a prize before.

The shortlisted artists will have their work shown at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, (Chicago, USA), in July 2017. An international jury will vote to select the shortlisted artists; the winner will be…

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JIM DINE – POET SINGING

Another fine artist whose printmaking is always ricy and lively. Luckily this exhibition is in London so I can go see.

Exhibition: Jim Dine – Poet Singing

Location: Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Date: 9th February – 11th March 2017

Details: A survey of new prints by Jim Dine, one of America’s most prolific artists, will be displayed at the Alan Cristea Gallery from 9 February – 11 March 2017. Poet Singing includes eight new, previously unseen prints depicting singing poets. Made over the past 12 months with master printmakers in Austria, Paris and the US, these works highlight Dine’s status as a renowned poet, as well as painter and printmaker. The singing poets will be shown alongside works dating from 2013 to 2016, including a recent series of large abstract prints, as well as examples of Dine’s continued fascination with Pinocchio and his reinvention of the iconic motifs of hearts, bathrobes and Venuses.

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EDWARD BAWDEN AND HIS STUDIO

One of my favourite artists…

Exhibition: Edward Bawden and his Studio

Location: The Higgins, Bedford

Date: 11th February 2017 – 28th January 2018

Details: Between 1981 and 1989 Edward Bawden donated the contents of his studio to The Higgins Bedford (then the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery). The works included items from the walls of his house, the insides of cupboards, plan chests and portfolios. They cover the full span of his career and the many disciplines and mediums that he mastered. Through letters, photographs and most importantly his work, this exhibition offers unique insight into Bawden’s studio practice.

Bawden often took inspiration from his surroundings and the views from his studio frequently feature in his work. He was also meticulously tidy, and the order and discipline he applied to his designs was equally in evidence in his workroom, with its polished mahogany desk, neatly laid out materials, cherished library of reference books and collection of…

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Weekly Sketch – Little Owl – 12/02/2017

I’m working on capturing the characteristics of a full set of five English owls. This is the last owl, the Little Owl, which was actually introduced here in the 19th century. I am still paying attention to pattern, colour and simple forms. I have in mind to work up all these owl images into final pen and watercolour pictures and printed editions. I took these photos today in the gloom so there are some shadows on them that I couldn’t fix.

 

Some facts about Little Owls are:

1) As the name suggests the little owl is the smallest owl to be found in Britain, it is only 22cm long and it weighs a third as much as a Tawny Owl.

2) Little Owls can live up to 16 years; but many do not reach maturity being killed by harsh winters, predators and road vehicles, so their average life span is only 3 years.

3) This is the owl that is closely associated with the Greek goddess Athena and the Roman goddess Minerva; representing wisdom and knowledge. The genus name Athene commemorates the goddess, whose original role as a goddess of the night might explain the link to an owl. The species name noctua has, in effect, the same meaning, being the Latin name of an owl sacred to Minerva, Athena’s Roman counterpart.

4) Little Owls feed mostly on insects and small rodents; and they love eating earthworms after it has rained. But they also prey on amphibians, birds and on occasion rabbits! As well as swooping down on prey from an elevated position these owls will also hunt on foot, running to capture their prey.

5) In the UK the Little Owl prefers lowland farmland with hedges and copses, parkland and orchards. Males are sedentary, remaining in their territory throughout the year.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Tate Britain Permanent Display Visit

As a Londoner I am very lucky to be able to visit a whole plethora of museums and galleries. I always find myself chasing a list of the changing exhibition programs that I want to see; which often means I don’t get around the permanent displays for months or even years! Last week I went for a wander around the permanent display at the Tate Britain and I thought I’d share some of my new and old favourites with you.

Please click on the Tate blue hyperlinks underneath the images which take you to more detailed information about the pictures on the Tate’s website.

Bronze Ballet 1940 Edward Wadsworth 1889-1949 Presented by the artist 1942 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05380

Bronze Ballet 1940 Edward Wadsworth 1889-1949 Presented by the artist 1942 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05380

 

Green Tree Form: Interior of Woods 1940 Graham Sutherland OM 1903-1980 Purchased 1940 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05139

Green Tree Form: Interior of Woods 1940 Graham Sutherland OM 1903-1980 Purchased 1940 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05139

 

The Hanging Gardens of Hammersmith, No. 1 1944-7 Victor Pasmore 1908-1998 Bequeathed by Simon Sainsbury 2006, accessioned 2008 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T12615

The Hanging Gardens of Hammersmith, No. 1 1944-7 Victor Pasmore 1908-1998 Bequeathed by Simon Sainsbury 2006, accessioned 2008 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T12615

 

Azalea Garden: May 1956 1956 Patrick Heron 1920-1999 Purchased 1980 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T03107

Azalea Garden: May 1956 1956 Patrick Heron 1920-1999 Purchased 1980 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T03107

 

Reclining Figure 1951-66 Henry Moore OM, CH 1898-1986 Presented by the artist 1975 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P02077

Reclining Figure 1951-66 Henry Moore OM, CH 1898-1986 Presented by the artist 1975 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P02077

 

Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit c.1620-5 Sir Nathaniel Bacon 1585-1627 Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1995 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T06995

Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit c.1620-5 Sir Nathaniel Bacon 1585-1627 Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1995 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T06995