On Nature is a hardback book published by Harper Collins featuring contributions from some of the site’s regular contributors alongside a host of new names.
In it, you’ll find the likes of Chris Yates, Stuart Maconie, Tracey Thorn, John Andrews, Richard King, Dan Kieran, Michael Smith, Ian Vince, Martin Noble, Jon Berry. Colin Elford, Mark Dredge, Dexter Petley, Ceri Levy, Nick Small, Nick Hand, Sarah Boden, John Wright and others waxing passionately about all aspects of the British countryside.
The book is published on 23rd June 2011 but pre-orders for signed copies are being taken now via the Caught By The River store.
Posted by Simon Lewin on June 8th, 2011
After nine days drawing in the idyllic surroundings of Cortijada Los Gázquez, we sadly drove off down the stony track yesterday leaving the white farmhouse behind us. So many inspiring plants to study especially this phlomis growing in lichen patterned rocks high above Velez Blanco.
Some wild flowers appeared so ephemeral, sometimes seeming only to be in flower for a matter of hours. On the last afternoon - with thunder rumbling around us - Simon Beckmann took us on a drive to find the elusive Spanish rusty foxglove growing by a track above the marble quarries. I'm now looking forward to starting work soon on prints based on my sketches.
Posted by Angie Lewin on May 31st, 2011
Here's Alex Malcolmson's Labrador Duck, created for Ceri Levy's Ghosts of Gone Birds project.
Posted by Simon Lewin on May 29th, 2011
Here are some more examples of the work that Ed Kluz will be exhibiting at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh from 4th June 2011.
Posted by Simon Lewin on May 26th, 2011
It's day 5 at Cortijada Los Gázquez, a remote farmhouse in the Andalusian mountains surrounded by the most inspiring abundance of wild flowers and grasses, almond and olive trees.
I'm here as part of the Joya: arte + ecología programme of artist residencies alongside students on the Art Forms in Nature course run by Simon Beckmann. Here's a drawing made in the studio here of tassel hyacinth and stems of sage seedheads.
Posted by Angie Lewin on May 25th, 2011
We're busy getting ready for the sampling of 'Painswick', a forthcoming St. Jude's fabric designed by Ed Kluz.
All being well we'll have samples ready in time for Ed's forthcoming exhibition at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh which will feature a range of new collages, drawings and paintings including 'Charlotte Square', pictured below.
Ed Kluz is fascinated by the objects of our cultural heritage. He seeks out the extraordinary, the lost and the overlooked to inspire artworks that re-examine British Romanticism and redefine the contemporary view of historical architecture and landscape.
In Spring 2011 Ed toured the Scottish Borders. His explorations took him around some of the greatest eighteenth-century Scottish architecture including Edinburgh’s New Town, the Dunmore Pineapple, Mellerstain House, Bemersyde and the ruinous shells of Mavisbank House and Penicuik House, which he sketched, recorded and brought back to the studio to work into a collection of finished collages, drawings and paintings that form his latest body of work.
The exhibition runs from 4th to 29th June 2011 at The Scottish Gallery.
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Posted by Simon Lewin on May 20th, 2011
Opening at Emma Mason's gallery in Eastbourne on Saturday is the first solo exhibition of prints by Michael Kirkman.
Last year Michael completed his MA at the Royal College of Art and this is his first solo show. Many of the editions he has created to date have sold out and Michael has recently completed commissions for Faber & Faber and the National Theatre.
Simon Martin, Head of Curatorial Services at Pallant House Gallery (Chichester) explains...
"Whether depicting a busy London market, people at work, a coffee shop in Borough Market, or a building site in Bethnal Green, Michael Kirkman captures a sense of modern urban life that is at once both contemporary and timeless.
He is an enormously talented printmaker, with a sophisticated visual language that takes up the baton of Edward Bawden, Edward Burra and Keith Vaughan. Yet with a rare economy of line and playfully ambiguous forms he has developed a style that is distinctively his own."
The exhibition runs until 11th June 2011 at Emma Mason British Prints.
We hope to be working with Michael on screen printed fabric for St. Jude's. As always, sign up to our e-mail newsletter if you'd like to receive details of its progress.
Michael Kirkman "Smithfield Market" linocut
Michael Kirkman "Theatre" linocut
Michael Kirkman "Boat Boy" monoprint
Michael Kirkman "Cowboy - Scene One" lithograph
Posted by Simon Lewin on May 18th, 2011
At his last St. Jude's exhibition, printmaker Christopher Brown created a series of 14 linocut prints entitled East Coasting - A Journey Through East Anglia.
Designer Brian Webb explains...
“If Chris Brown’s postcard size pictures of East Anglian landmarks were picture postcards they would be the ones you would send to your closest friends.
The lino cuts that illustrate East Coasting, following on from Cuts from Memory, are full of incident and detail - look out for Edward Bawden, portfolio under his arm, walking out of the picture of Brick House.
Bawden, Chris Brown’s tutor at the Royal College of Art wrote, “you are a line chap just as I am and as you know there is nothing that gives greater vivacity to a drawing than quality of line”. Bawden could have added colour which Chris now uses with delicious delicacy. ”
Produced in an edition of 25 copies, numbers 1-10 have been sold as complete sets. We still have a few of these complete sets available.
And for a limited period we're offering these at a reduced price and will include a copy of the linocut Chris produced of our gallery in Norfolk. View the set of East Coasting prints.
Posted by Simon Lewin on May 17th, 2011
Mark Hearld and Emily Sutton will be exhibiting a selection of drawings, collage, print and craft at York College.
Mark and Emily are both former students on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at York College.
Mark continued his studies at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, returning to York to teach on the Art Foundation for five years. He now teaches one day a week at Hull College.
Emily studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, and spent a semester at Rhode Island School of Design in America.
The exhibition runs from May 16th until 9th June at York College.
We're working with Mark and Emily on new St. Jude's fabrics (and later this year, wallpapers). If you'd like to be kept up to date with progress, sign up for our e-mail newsletter.
Posted by Simon Lewin on May 16th, 2011
It was great to be asked to take part in Ceri Levy's Ghosts of Gone Birds project which brings together over 60 contemporary artists bringing back to life a bird that has been lost, highlighting the dangers of bird extinction.
I've always loved the idea of working in a museum so I had a wonderful day at the Natural History Museum in Tring drawing the feather of the Double-banded Argus. It was fascinating (in a sort of macabre way) to see the huge collection of preserved birds in cabinets and drawers that included the most amazingly vibrantly coloured pheasants and peacocks. As I drew I watched our lively native birds, hopping on the bare branches outside, unaware of the thousands of species - exotic and familiar - stored inside. The result of the visit is this new wood engraving, 'Drawing at the Museum' which will feature in the exhibition.
The exhibition opens in Liverpool later in May with a London appearance due for November.
To keep up to date with other venues and activities, visit the Ghosts of Gone Birds Facebook page.
Posted by Angie Lewin on May 13th, 2011