Visitors to Mark Hearld's exhibition at York Art Gallery, The Lumber Room - Unimagined Treasures, will have seen the slipcast and hand-painted ceramic horses Mark has created based on a wooden 19th century toy horse the artist found in a Berlin flea market, a reaction to two Leeds Horses in the York Museums Trust's collection.
Mark will continue to make these horses over the coming months and two fine specimens have made their way into the Godfrey & Watt Christmas exhibition in Harrogate.
We'll be featuring the horses in a Random Spectacular publication dedicated to Mark's exhibition. Find out more about Random Spectacular, present and future.
Posted by Simon Lewin on November 24th, 2015
Painter/printmaker Michael Kirkman will be exhibiting a selection of recent paintings, drawings and prints in London next weekend in an exhibition entitled 'A Given Time'.
The opening event is from 5-9pm on 26th November and the exhibition will then be open from 27-29th November from 10am until 5pm. Visit Michael's website for full address details.
Posted by Simon Lewin on November 23rd, 2015
Emily Sutton's current exhibition at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh (until 25th November 2015) has now sold out, but further works will be available from our friends at Godfrey & Watt in Harrogate as part of their Christmas 2015 exhibition featuring work from artists including Mark Hearld, Terry Shone, Brita Granstrom, Angie Lewin and Mick Manning.
Here are some of the latest watercolours and drawings that Emily will be exhibiting in Harrogate.
You might also like to see Emily's fabrics for St Jude's.
Verdure Veneziane - Watercolour (28 x 40cm)
Fondamenta S.Caterina - Watercolour (31 x 46cm)
Fortuny's Studio, Venice - Pencil (48 x 33cm)
Fondamenta Dicadonici - Watercolour (31 x 46cm)
Finferli E Porcini - Watercolour (28 x 40cm)
Castagne,Venice - Watercolour (28 x 40cm)
Posted by Simon Lewin on November 12th, 2015
As part of my curation of The Masters - Relief Prints at The Bankside Gallery I was pleased to see a number of prints made using the moku-hanga technique. Unlike many relief printmaking methods which make use of oil-based inks, this traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking technique uses water-based inks which are applied to the cut wooden block. Handmade Japanese paper is then placed onto the block which is then hand burnished using a baren.
Below are prints from two artists who make use of the technique in their work.
Born in Osaka, Japan, Nana Shiomi studied oil painting and printmaking at the Tama Art University (BA, MA), Tokyo. Shiomi came to London to study contemporary art and received an MA in printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 1991.
Paul Furneaux 'Sunlight Garden' (54 x 74cm)
Nana Shiomi 'Garan-Do, Autumn' (80 x 107cm)
Posted by Angie Lewin on November 10th, 2015
Many thanks to everyone who came along to the opening of The Masters - Relief Prints, the first in a series of technique-specific annual exhibitions presented by the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.
I've had the honour of curating this event which runs until the 15th of November 2015 at The Bankside Gallery, next to Tate Modern.
Thanks to all of the artists who have made the exhibition possible. The quality of work submitted was impressive and it was a very tough job narrowing down the selection of works exhibited from over 1,100 submitted prints - the exhibition features around 160 works by 150 artists. Below are a few images illustrating the diversity of the work on show.
The Masters - Relief Prints until 15th November 2015 at The Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH.
Gail Brodholt 'Factory Junction' linocut (55 x 90cm)
Jonathan Ashworth 'Home From Playground' woodcut (50 x 67cm)
Justin Knopp 'In the Midst of Life I Woke' letterpress (51 x 71cm)
Steven Hubbard 'Fireworks' linocut (24 x 33cm)
Laura Rosser 'Golden Girl' woodcut (130 x 150cm)
Melvyn Evans 'Tugboats on the Thames' linocut (57 x 39cm)
Posted by Angie Lewin on November 7th, 2015
We're pleased to share this video that accompanies an edit of one of the tracks that appears on our forthcoming Random Spectacular project.
Harbour Fireworks is taken from Concrete Antenna, a sound installation and 12" deluxe vinyl album package exploring the past, present and imagined future of Newhaven in Edinburgh. Much of the sonic palette for this track is derived from recordings of firework displays in the area. Find out more about the track.
Posted by Simon Lewin on November 5th, 2015
Mark Hearld has just designed a couple of new pieces for Art Angels - a flying robin and a new winter inspired die-cut menagerie featuring hares, ptarmigans and a stoat in winter. Keep an eye out for these cards in shops in the coming weeks.
We'll also be working on new fabric and wallpaper designs for 2016. View Mark's current fabrics and wallpapers.
Posted by Simon Lewin on October 29th, 2015
As part of his forthcoming exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, our friends at Art Angels have produced three cards based on Jonny Hannah's work.
Jonny has adapted three of his prints - 'Mare Vivimus', 'Fyret' and 'All Aboard the George Bennie' - to produce these die-cut cards. Also launching at the exhibition is Jonny's 2016 'The Captain's Calendar'.
'Main Street' will run from 14th November 2015 until 28th February 2016 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and visitors will be invited to take a stroll down Hannah’s vintage-inspired homage to the independent trader.
You might also like to view Jonny Hannah's fabric and wallpaper designs for St Jude's
Posted by Simon Lewin on October 27th, 2015
In September 2015 we took a visit to Mark Hearld's curated exhibition at York Art Gallery, 'The Lumber Room - Unimagined Treasures'.
The Upper North Gallery has been transformed to reflect one artist’s vision of a Lumber Room – a room of miscellaneous stored objects and artefacts.
For the past two years, York-based artist Mark Hearld has been visiting the stores of the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum as well as York Art Gallery researching the objects and artworks to include in the exhibition.
His choices include textiles, costume, oil paintings, works on paper, furniture, and taxidermy, many items of which have not been on public display before.
Alongside these are new works that Mark has created especially for the show which are inspired by the collections. The exhibition is influenced by a short story called The Lumber Room, by Saki, which was read to him in an English class when he was 15.
“Since I heard Saki’s story I have always been intrigued by the idea of a locked room that contained treasures so wonderful they are beyond what your mind can imagine. In this exhibition I wanted to create the sense of excitement and wonder that you get when you discover the key to the room and see the “forbidden” objects for the first time.”
You might also like to see Mark's range of fabrics and wallpapers for St Jude's.
Posted by Simon Lewin on October 21st, 2015
In November 2015 Emily Sutton will be exhibiting a series of new watercolours and drawings at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh as part of 'Four Women Artists' which also features work by Elizabeth Blackadder, Victoria Crowe and Alison McGill.
Edinburgh College of Art unites these four women artists. Elizabeth Blackadder graduated from the college in 1954 and was a dedicated teacher from 1962-1986. Victoria Crowe graduated from the Royal College of Art, London before being invited to teach drawing and painting at the college from 1968 until 1998. Alison McGill and Emily Sutton are part of a younger generation who continue to fulfil their journey through art, and in very different ways represent an ongoing painting and graphic tradition.
The exhibition runs from 4th to 25th November 2015 at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ. Find out more.
Watercolour, 76 x 56cm
'The Garden Room at 104'
Watercolour, 76 x 56cm
'Still Life with Coral Teacup'
Watercolour, 22 x 27cm
'Front Room at 104'
Pencil, 84 x 59cm
'Cap Oceane, Trouville'
Watercolour, 29.5 x 42cm
Posted by Simon Lewin on October 20th, 2015