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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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

 

2 free exhibitions at The British Museum from September 2016

Two of my favourite free exhibtion rooms at The British Museum are Room 90 and 91. The Department of Prints and Drawings shows works from their collection through a programme of temporary exhibitions which are usually shown in Room 90. Room 91 also shows temporary exhibits which are 2D in nature.

Just opened recently are the two below exhibitions which are free, they are definitely on my to do list.

Shadow puppet theatre from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand

Shadow puppet of the character Abiyasa, made of painted hide and horn. Java, Indonesia, 1800–1816. The British Musuem.

Shadow puppet of the character Abiyasa, made of painted hide and horn. Java, Indonesia, 1800–1816. The British Musuem.

Maggi Hambling – Touch: works on paper

Maggi Hambling,Sebastian in a Hermès scarf. Charcoal on paper, 2004. 1524 x 1016 mm - The British Museum

Maggi Hambling,Sebastian in a Hermès scarf. Charcoal on paper, 2004. 1524 x 1016 mm – The British Museum

Last weekend for Art Hub Print Open: 23 & 24 July 2016

Last weekend for the Art Hub Print Open exhibition at Art Hub Gallery in Deptford.

The gallery is a 15min walk from Greenwich Market, I recommend doing both! Have a look on this map https://goo.gl/maps/HHwTapfKi8z

Ever wondered what I look like? Well here I am on the private view night with my two colourful Alhambra linocuts.

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Exhibition Visit to Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Firstly to say a funny name for this exhibition, I think it gives one the impression that there will be a fair few pictures from Monet and Matisse featured in the exhibition. Lots of paintings by Monet but only two (if I remember correctly) by Matisse. Anyway I still recommend this exhibition, not just for the two aforementioned big names, but for the other artists featured of which a few I had never heard of , and for me personally had executed some of the best paintings in the show.

First up Santiago Rusiñol (1861-1931), a Catalan modernist painter. In one of the rooms his painting ‘Jardines de Aranjuez’ dominates the room with it’s fiery golden glow of receding trees,a backdrop to a single white foliaged tree standing dead centre in a grassy circle surrounded by flower beds. No internet search reproduces this image true to the intense colour as seen in the gallery. The orange glow seemed to illuminate beyond the painting itself.

Another Rusiñol painting that caught my eye is the one below ‘The Green Wall’, again the colour in the below image does not reflect the vibrancy of the original. The perspective in this image is so skillfully executed: the path is just pulling the viewer to step into this picture and explore; the path leading us downwards but the vertically rising walls enticing us up.

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You can view numerous works by Rusiñol here www.allpaintings.org/v/Art+Nouveau/Santiago+Rusinol+Prats/?g2_page=1

 

Another Spanish artist that I was impressed by was Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923), his paintings are very lively, playing with colour contrasts, light and shade, form and movement. I can’t find any images online for my favourite pictures from the exhibition. During my research I did discover that his home and garden in Madrid is now a museum to his works, and there is a fantastic virtual tour through the property:

http://museosorolla.mcu.es/visita_virtual/visita_virtual.html

 

Another artist I hadn’t come across before is Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939) a French artist, who when asked what school (of art) he belonged to, said: ‘None. But if you absolutely insist on categorising me, I am an intimist.’ The paintings below ‘Steps, Gerberoy’ and ‘Le Pavillion’ in reality have a much more opalescent painted effect, which creates a dreamy atmosphere, as if between two breaths something magical might happen. Again the colours in these images do not justice to the real paintings.

Steps, Gerberoy by Henri Le Sidanier

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Okay I will finish up with two big name artists, and two paintings I hadn’t seen before, Edvard Munch ‘Apple Tree in the Garden’ and Raoul Dufy ‘The Little Palm Tree’. Wonderful colours and brushwork, oh to be able to walk into any of these paintings would be a joy.

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Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse is on at The Royal Academy of Arts until the 20th April 2016. www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/painting-modern-garden-monet-matisse

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Seeing Print Exhibitions and Sculpture on the Southbank 26/09/2015

Last weekend I went to see original prints on display at Bankside Gallery which was exhibiting work that was accepted for the National Original Print Competition  2015 (the exhibition has ended now). It was great to see such a varied collection of print techniques, styles and subject matter in one place. It was also a pleasure to see prints up close by printmakers I have found online through social networks; the nuances of texture, ink and paper surface get lost to some extent when digitised for web publication.

You can view and download for free the exhibition catalogue here: http://issuu.com/banksidegallery/docs/nope_catalogue

Here are my top three prints from the exhibition.

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‘Contradiction’, Linocut, Winner of the Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies Award by Ade Adesina http://www.adeadesina.com/prints.html

MelyvynEvansLastoftheWinterLightLinocut

Last of the Winter Light, Linocut with Copper Leaf by Melvyn Evans http://melvynevans.com

UrsulaLeechLeaftreeCarborundumHandcolouring

Leaftree, Carborundum and Handcolouring by Ursula Leech http://www.axisweb.org/p/ursulaleach/

 

Next door at the Tate Modern, on Level 4 in Artist Rooms they have hung a dynamic collection of George Baselitz prints from his ‘Gothic Maidens’ series and a huge linocut of his wife ‘Female Nude on a Kitchen Chair’. I was so glad I got to see this work, printing can be a laboured process, but these prints belie this with their spontaniety of line, and their vigor. These are fresh images that keep you looking.

[no title] 1995 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77947

[no title] 1995 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77947

[no title] 1995 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77939

[no title] 1995 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77939

[no title] 1995 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77951

[no title] 1995 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1997 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77951

Female Nude on a Kitchen Chair 1977-9 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1984 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77011

Female Nude on a Kitchen Chair 1977-9 Georg Baselitz born 1938 Purchased 1984 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77011

 

Behind the Tate Modern, new sculptures had been placed around the three residential/commercial low rise buildings just off Sumner Street. The sculptures were human heads by the artist Emily Young, and they looked striking in situ.

StillnessBornOfHistoryII2012EmilyYoung

Stillness Born Of HistoryII, 2012, EmilyYoung http://www.emilyyoung.com

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Stillness Born Of History II, EmilyYoung, 2012 http://www.emilyyoung.com

LargeBluePurbeckHead2012EmilyYoung

Large Blue Purbeck Head, 2012, EmilyYoung http://www.emilyyoung.com

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Mont Amiata Warrior, 2012, EmilyYoung http://www.emilyyoung.com