We went along to the opening of John Byrne's solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh last night.
'Moonlight & Music' - which coincides with the publication of his Lund Humphries biography - features paintings, drawings and etchings, including artwork from Donald & Benoit.
The exhibition runs until 5th September 2011 at the Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE.
Posted by Simon Lewin on August 13th, 2011
We popped along to the Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden yesterday to see the Ravilious In Essex exhibition that's been breaking records for visitors numbers to the gallery since it opened in April.
You'll find 18 watercolours of Essex by Ravilious, brought together specially for this exhibition from private owners and galleries throughout the country, plus a selection of related work from the Fry Gallery archives.
The exhibition closes on Sunday 14th August 2011 - I wish we hadn't left it so long.
Posted by Simon Lewin on August 8th, 2011
Currently showing at Edinburgh Printmakers is this exhibition of new and recent editions by Michael Craig-Martin, Ian Davenport (see below) and Julian Opie.
The prints on show have been published by Alan Cristea Gallery in London and explore the use of the line, whether drawn or dripped, cut out or printed.
The exhibition runs until 3rd September 2011 at Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, Edinburgh EH1 3LR.
Posted by Angie Lewin on August 6th, 2011
Popped into the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich earlier for a look at 'The Face of the Artist', an exhibition of photography by John Hedgecoe.
Hedgecoe (1932–2010) was at the forefront of portrait photography for more than 50 years, taking pictures of the leading figures in the worlds of art, literature, science and politics, from Agatha Christie to Winston Churchill. It's his portrait of the Queen taken in 1966 that still graces British postage stamps.
The exhibition features a number of photographs of artists including Sir Stanley Spencer, Graham Sutherland, Henry Moore and Dame Barbara Hepworth (examples of the latter below).
The exhibition runs at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich until 4th December 2011.
Posted by Simon Lewin on August 5th, 2011
Here's "Crossings (Borealis)", a favourite piece featuring at the Robert Rauschenberg exhibition at Inverleith House with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.
Posted by Simon Lewin on August 1st, 2011
I've just spent an inspiring week at Edinburgh Printmakers trying to master the alchemy of stone lithography. This makes it easier to appreciate the title of Michael Papworth's one-man exhibition at Gallery Plus in Norfolk, 'Grease and Water', opening on the 5th of August and running until 21st August 2011.
For several years Michael worked alongside a wide range of artists as a skilled studio printmaker at the renowned Curwen Studio.
Michael's lithographs portray the English countryside and the show will feature new work based on the North Norfolk Coast.
Posted by Angie Lewin on July 30th, 2011
Here are a couple of examples of the work Sophie will be exhibiting - if you're unable to make to Thirsk, we do have copies of 'Home Sweet Home' (printed by Dan Bugg at Pendfold Press) at the gallery.
Posted by Simon Lewin on July 28th, 2011
The post below about Martin Clark's poster for Andrews of Arcadia has prompted me to post about another recent project.
Our friends at Tinsmiths currently have a series of letterpress posters - a collaboration between Martin and poet Nick Alexander.
Twelve lines taken from Nick's work made graphic in twelve limited edition posters.
There are just a few copies of each edition left, available from Tinsmiths.
Posted by Simon Lewin on July 11th, 2011
We managed to catch the last day of Edwin Smith's exhibition of photographs and paintings at Moray Art Centre yesterday.
Having initially trained as an architect, Smith (1912-1971) is perhaps best know for his photography and particularly his exploration of the vernacular in architecture.
But the exhibition also featured a number of Smith's paintings - here is an example, 'Turf Fire', which is on loan from the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden.
Posted by Simon Lewin on July 3rd, 2011
Earlier this week I was at Edinburgh Printmakers working on a new screen print based on my Los Gázquez sketches. On the second evening I was lucky to able to go along to a talk by Paul Furneaux about his current exhibition of beautifully crafted sculptural woodblock prints at the gallery.
Paul uses Japanese papers, enjoying the way the water based inks are absorbed and become a part of the paper itself - but he then takes this onto a different level. Prints on fine but strong paper are then wrapped around wooden box lids and other found objects or in the case of some of his most recent work he has developed his own forms onto which the minimal, abstract images are wrapped.
'Paul Furneaux: Mokuhanga' is at Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street Edinburgh EH1 3LR until July 23rd 2011.
You can also find out more at Paul's website.
Posted by Angie Lewin on July 1st, 2011