Weekly Sketch – After Paolozzi – 19/03/2017

I visited the Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition at the Whitechapel gallery yesterday, and it fair took my breath away, leaving me inspired and a bit overexcited! All I can say is go, go, go! I especially loved the lower ground floor which included work from the 1940s through to the 60s. His early drawings, prints and sculptures really spoke to me – they were intense, energetic and (his prints) full of amazing colour combinations. His print work is so interesting because up close it is full of lots of detail, but the prints still work from far away – clever stuff.

As usual the gallery have provided an amazing catalogue to accompany the exhibition, including great images of all the work displayed. I managed to get a very good discount (alomost £10 off rrp) on the paperback from Wordery (a few remaining at a discounted price).

Here is a pen drawing from me of Paolozzi’s brutalist concrete sculpture Seagull & Fish; and then I tried to emulate the lines in a drawing of a barn owl – which I like, thought it isn’t very brutal!

And here are two images from the exhibition to whet your appetite:

Fish, collage and ink, about 1946, Eduardo Paolozzi



Parrot from the portfolio As is When, screenprint, 1965, Eduardo Paolozzi


(© Catherine Cronin)



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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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.



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.


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:



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

TheAthenaeumLePavillion_Henri Le Sidanier


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.




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





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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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

Exhibition: Tom Hammick Wall, Window, World

On Friday I saw a great exhibition of work from artist Tom Hammick at Flowers East – Exhibition:  Tom Hammick Wall, Window, World. This exhibition features new works made in response to a year-long residency at English National Opera (ENO).

I have been a fan of his work for some years now, especially his print work which primarily is using woodcut. I am drawn to his work; by his use of loud and subtle colour play, the wonderful layering of forms, the sense of narrative in his images, and the feelings of joy and unease conjured up by them. His best images work away on your imagination and pull you into their story.

Here are three of my favourite woodcut prints from the exhibition. These digital images really just give a taste; you are missing out on some of the more subtle colour patterns, and the last image is actually a really large print where you can see the grain of the wood coming through the grey ink of the fore ground – so I strongly recommend a visit to see them up close if you are in London.


Eyes for Listening, 2015, Reduction Woodcut, Copyright Tom Hammick



Friends in the Forest, 2015, Reduction Woodcut Copyright Tom Hammick


Outskirts (Day) 2015 Woodcut Copyright Tom Hammick

Outskirts (Day), 2015, Woodcut, Copyright Tom Hammick