A new exhibition opens at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex tonight, presenting the first major show for over 25 years of the work of Edward Burra (1905 – 1976), one of the most individual and celebrated British artists of the twentieth century.
The show will feature Burra’s iconic images of everyday people at leisure in bars and clubs, the black culture of 1930's Harlem, the sub-culture of harbours and ports, his macabre dancing skeletons and stunning late landscapes. The exhibition will also explore the influence of jazz music and cinema, and his forays into the darker sides of humanity.
Simon Martin, Head of Curatorial Services at Pallant House Gallery, and curator of the exhibition says: ‘Burra deserves to be considered as one of the greatest British artists of the twentieth century: utterly unique, and to be celebrated for his extraordinary individuality. It is a real coup for Pallant House Gallery not only to be introducing Burra’s work to a new generation of gallery visitors, but also to present recently rediscovered works to Burra’s many admirers.’
The exhibition runs from 22nd October 2011 until 19th February 2012 at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. For full details visit the gallery's website.
Simon Martin has also edited this forthcoming book on Burra's work, published for the exhibition.
Simon will also be contributing to our forthcoming journal, Random Spectacular.
Posted by Simon Lewin on October 21st, 2011
You may have already seen the hanging sign that Alex Malcolmson created for his exhibition with us earlier this year.
Coast magazine have just featured Alex and his work in their November issue.
Alex has created two pieces based on his time in spent sailing round the Scilly Isles to accompany an article by Ceri Levy which will be appearing in our forthcoming Random Spectacular publication.
Posted by Simon Lewin on October 16th, 2011
Here's a great little film about Rob Ryan and his work.
You can view a selection of tiles and prints over at our online store.
Rob will be exhibiting in Cambridge later this month in a joint exhibition with Angie.
Posted by Simon Lewin on October 12th, 2011
We couldn't get back from the Highlands in time for the launch of Rob Ryan's new book in London tonight - instead we've been up here enjoying the copy Rob sent us.
Posted by Simon Lewin on October 6th, 2011
We're pleased to be involved in this new visual arts award from Cortijada Los Gázquez, the creative retreat where Angie was artist-in-residence earlier this year as part of their Joya: arte + ecología program.
Submissions in water-based medium on or with paper are invited in this competition which has an environmental agenda, referencing the contrary character of climate change.
The prize is a two week residency at Cortijada Los Gázquez, including travel costs within Europe, plus the sole use of a studio and 20 hectares of land for the duration.
The selectors are:
Ana García López (Vice Dean for Institutional Relations and Professor at the Drawing Department. Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Granada - Spain)
Rebecca Fortnum (Artist - Reader in Fine Art, University of the Arts - London, UK)
Louise Short (Artist - Bristol, UK)
David Crawforth (Artist - Director at Beaconsfield - London, UK)
Molly Hogg (Collector - London, UK)
Melissa Marks (Artist - NYC, USA)
Angie Lewin (Artist - Norfolk and Scotland, UK)
Simon Lewin (Proprietor - St Jude’s - Norfolk and Scotland, UK)
Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar Romero (Communications co-ordinator for Joya: arte + ecología - Spain)
Simon and Donna Beckmann (Founders of Joya: arte + ecología - Spain)
The closing date for submission is 31st December 2011. For full details visit the Cortijada Los Gázquez blog.
Posted by Simon Lewin on September 23rd, 2011
I was delighted to be asked to contribute to the latest 'Romantics' poetry series from Faber & Faber, illustrating the cover and endpapers for the Percy Bysshe Shelley edition.
Designer Miriam Rosenbloon commissioned covers from printmakers Andy Lovell (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), Ralph Kiggell (John Clare), Emily Sutton (John Keats), Colin Moore (William Wordsworth), Jane Hyslop (Robert Burns), Mark Cazalet (William Blake) and Harry Brockway (Lord Byron) .
There's a great interview with Miriam over at It's Nice That.
You can also order a copy of the book online at Amazon.
Posted by Angie Lewin on September 23rd, 2011
Return to Essex is a new exhibition of illustration, printmaking and watercolour by artist Chloe Cheese at The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden. The artist was brought up in Essex and has returned to the county in recent months to create the pieces especially for this exhibition.
In her preparation Chloe explains “I did not want to draw a series of “views”, more a collection of work which reflects my memory of living in Essex.” In the work, full of vitality and colour she has focussed on the town of Saffron Walden where she grew up as well as venturing further afield to paint watercolours of Debden and Clacton, and a lithograph of a Great Bardfield cat.
The artist Mark Hearld says of Chloe’s work:
“In the fluent spontaneity characteristic of Chloe's work, watercolour washes or lithographic tone provide the perfect foil for her own beautiful line, at times precise or spindly, elegant or unfettered in its expression. Line brings terrific vitality to her image making (so that) the impression of energy and movement is present.
"If line brings vitality, colour brings richness of depth, place, season or a sense of the time of day… the urge to list colour combinations is tempting, but so much richer the impact of seeing them on paper.”
Chloe Cheese RCA MA was born in 1952. She studied at Cambridge Art School and then at the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited at galleries worldwide and has work in public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Arts Council of Great Britain. Chloe has also worked as a freelance illustrator with clients including The Sunday Times, Terence Conran at Habitat and Comme des Garcons, Japan.
Chloe lived for some of her early years in Great Bardfield, Essex, where her family were close friends of Edward Bawden, a friendship which was maintained until Bawden's death in 1989. Chloe is represented in the Fry Art Gallery's North West Essex Collection alongside her parents, Bernard Cheese and Sheila Robinson.
The exhibition runs from 24th September until 30th October 2011 at The Fry Art Gallery, Castle Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1BD. Open Tues, Fri, Sun (and Bank Holidays) 2-5pm; Saturdays 11am-5pm Tel: 01799 513779
Posted by Simon Lewin on September 20th, 2011
'The Map Of Spitalfields Life' is a fresh look at an historic neighbourhood, produced by Herb Lester Associates in collaboration with the lauded website Spitalfields Life and illustrated by noted cartographer Adam Dant.
It explores this corner of East London through its distinctive characters and businesses, providing a glimpse into a world few people even notice, where chestnut sellers and story-telling waiters rub shoulders with milkmen, artists and scrap-dealers. From Gilbert and George and Tracey Emin to Molly the Swagman and Sandra Esqulant, landlady of The Golden Heart, all Spitalfields Life is here.
Look out for Tim Rich's interview with The Gentle Author - creator of Spitalfield Life - later this year in Random Spectacular.
Posted by Simon Lewin on September 17th, 2011
Launching at Ed Kluz's exhibition in Ripon tonight is Painswick - his first fabric for St. Jude's.
Ed is fascinated by the objects of our cultural heritage. He seeks out the eccentric, the lost and the overlooked. Follies, curiosities, vanished buildings and folk lore inspire artworks which explore themes of renewal and reinvention.
His exhibition at Hornseys in Ripon, entitled Northern Arcadia, will define the beauty and harmony to be found amongst great northern houses and their correspondent gardens and will include views of follies and buildings around Studley Park, Castle Howard, Duncombe Park, Bramham Park and other great estates.
Two examples of the work being exhibited are shown here, beneath the images of Painswick.
Posted by Simon Lewin on September 16th, 2011
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