We recently went along to the opening of an exhibition of emerging Scottish picture books illustrators at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Picture Hooks was set up by author Vivian French and agent Lucy Juckes. Initially, they held a conference at the Edinburgh College of Art, to demystify the picture book publishing industry and assist new graduates from art school in their journey towards publication.
Then, under the guidance of established professional, prize-winning illustrators – Catherine Rayner, Ross Collins, Natalie Russell, Alison Murray and Sue Heap – five illustrators were mentored for a year, giving them the chance to focus step by step on the development of their work. Their work now forms a stunning new exhibition at The Scottish National Gallery which runs until February 2014.
Co-founder and author Vivian French says: “It’s been a huge and exciting journey for all five illustrators and the development of their work has been sensational.”
The award of Picture Hooks Scottish Illustrator 2013 was presented by acclaimed artist John Bryne to illustrator Laura Clark, and Orchard Books, a sponsor and supporter of the mentorship scheme, selected Stuart Simpson as the illustrator for potential publication.
Picture Hooks is supported by partners Orchard Books, The Edinburgh College of Art and Creative Scotland.
Find out more about the Picture Hooks scheme and the exhibition at The National Gallery of Scotland which runs until 16th February 2014.
Here are examples of the work exhibited by three of the emerging illustrators...
Posted by Simon Lewin on December 3rd, 2013
December 10th 2013 sees the opening of Clare Leighton: Working Life at The Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
The artist Clare Leighton (1898-1989) was best known for her wood-engravings illustrating rural life in England, Europe and the USA. She illustrated over 65 books, as well as writing and illustrating her own books such as ‘The Farmer’s Year: A Calendar of English Husbandry’ (1933) and ‘Four Hedges: A Gardener’s Chronicle' (1935).
In 1952 Leighton was commissioned by Wedgwood to create a series of 12 wood engravings to be transfer-printed onto dinner plates. These were on the theme of traditional industries in New England.
Several of the original wood blocks and plates will form part of the exhibition.
View more images of these plates over at Flotsam & Jetsam, a blog by Simon Martin, artistic director of the Pallant House Gallery.
Clare Leighton: Working Life is in the De’Longhi Print Room at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester UK from 10th December 2013 - 24th February 2014 Find out more
Posted by Angie Lewin on December 2nd, 2013
This weekend sees the opening on an exhibition of recent box constructions by Shetland born Alex Malcolmson, made mainly from wood; carved and painted, sometimes using found materials.
The ‘boxworks’ of Joseph Cornell are an inspiration to Malcolmson, in addition to the works created by Picasso when he used collected items from his studio environment. Malcolmson is an experienced sailor and has voyaged aboard the Bessie Ellen, a traditional West Country wooden sailing ketch built in 1904, to Denmark and Sweden, sketching and absorbing the details of the ship. Other strands of interest for Malcolmson lie in architecture, charts, ship dioramas, lighthouses, and marine folk art.
The slatted birds started with the idea of an upturned boat; a motif he has used in other ways, drawing on the tradition of decoy making. Folk, naïve and primitive art; the kind of objects made for use and ornament, often by unnamed makers, is the main source of ideas for the work featured in this exhibition Seamarks.
The exhibition opens on Monday 11th November and runs until 25th November 2013. There is an opening event on Saturday 9th November 2013 from 12pm until 2pm.
Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE. Visit the Open Eye website.
If you're unable to visit Edinburgh, Alex Malcolmson will be exhibiting alongside Angie Lewin at our next St. Jude's In The City exhibition in London in May 2014. Sign up to our newsletter for details nearer the time.
Posted by Simon Lewin on November 5th, 2013
We went along to the opening of Jonathan Gibbs' latest exhibition in Edinburgh earlier today.
Fish Bone features a number of new wood engravings, paintings and drawings.
Jonathan has lived and worked in Scotland for many years but acknowledges the importance of the “churches, fields, shorelines and elements of landscape from East Norfolk, where my family comes from”.
Having trained at Central School of Art and Design and the Slade School of Fine Art, in addition to the creation of new work for regular exhibitions Jonathan is a Head of Illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art.
Writing about Jonathan’s 2006 ‘Flint & Straw’ exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery, Alan Powers suggests that “at first sight, his paintings and engravings evoke a mid-twentieth-century mood, suggestive of territory between Ben Nicholson and Eric Ravilious – fastidious, linear and deeply sensitive to place”.
The exhibition runs until 25th September 2013 at Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE.
We're also very pleased to feature Jonathan's limited edition wood engravings at our online gallery specialising in British printmaking.
Posted by Simon Lewin on September 7th, 2013
We're looking forward to visiting this installation/event at this year's Edinburgh Art Festival.
Sarah Kenchington builds her mechanical instruments from discarded materials. Bicycle spokes, typewriters, the inner tubes of tractor tyres are combined to create unique musical machines which emit a discordant array of moans, squeaks and chimes. Kenchington’s work offers a contemporary manifestation of a long history of the artist giving birth to machines (from Leonardo da Vinci, through to Heath Robinson, Tinguely and Michael Landy), yet Kenchington’s machines are anything but automata, remaining fundamentally dependent on an interaction with the human to come to life.
Wind Pipes for Edinburgh is her most ambitious construction to date, created from over 100 decommissioned organ pipes, assembled from salvage yards and eBay. Kenchington’s instruments depend for their creation and playing on significant physical labour, and Wind Pipes is no exception, requiring at least 6 willing bodies to man the bellows.
The event runs until 1st September 2013 - visit the Edinburgh Art Festival website for more details.
Posted by Simon Lewin on August 19th, 2013
We're hoping to get down to Chichester for a visit to the Pallant House Gallery for their latest exhibition, Eduardo Paolozzi - Collaging Culture.
Our friend Simon Martin has curated this major retrospective of the works of Eduardo Paolozzi, one of the most prolific and inventive British artists. The exhibition features around 150 works in a variety of media.
Simon explains "Paolozzi is widely celebrated as one of the leading sculptors of the post-war age, but with this exhibition we aim to present the extraordinary versatility of his approach to making art by also including textiles, printmaking, film, and ceramics. Paolozzi memorably said that ‘all human experience is one big collage'. For him collage was not just a technique, but an approach to the wider culture that surrounded him: consumerism, the space race, fashion, the machine and man's place in a changing world."
The exhibition runs until 13th October 2013 at Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1TJ. Visit the Gallery's website.
Posted by Angie Lewin on July 27th, 2013
In the July 2013 issue of Country Living magazine you can find out more about Shetland born artist Alex Malcolmson who appears in their 'Meet The Maker' feature.
We had the pleasure of working with Alex on his sold-out exhibition of work at our former Norfolk gallery. And in May 2014 we'll be exhibiting Alex's work, alongside prints by Angie Lewin at our next St. Jude's In The City event in London.
Although it's some time away, if you'd like details of this and other events and activities, do sign up for our newsletter.
Find out more about Alex Malcolmson's work.
Posted by Simon Lewin on June 16th, 2013
We've had the pleasure of working with Ed Kluz for a number of years now - both exhibiting his prints and collages but also working on his range of screen printed fabrics for St. Jude's.
If you're unable to visit this event in London, Ed will be joining us for St. Jude's In The City at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh opening on Tuesday 2nd July 2013.
Here are some images from Ed's London show plus the short film we commissioned about the work of this talented illustrator, graphic artist and textile designer.
Posted by Simon Lewin on May 15th, 2013
Another Barbara Jones post! Our friends at Little Toller have just republished The Unsophisticated Arts in which Barbara Jones records the art of everyday life. She travelled throughout Britain visiting fairgrounds, tattoo parlours, taxidermists, houseboats, high street shops, seaside piers and amusement arcades.
The book was first published in 1951, the same year that Barbara Jones curated the ‘Black Eyes and Lemonade’ exhibition for the Festival of Britain. These two events were definitive in the history of popular art, creating a vibrant snapshot of culture in postwar Britain which has influenced generations of artists and designers ever since.
This new edition includes previously unpublished ephemera and art from Barbara Jones’s studio including watercolour, ink and pencil studies from her sketchbooks which reveal her lifelong fascination with vernacular art.
Posted by Simon Lewin on April 30th, 2013
And here are some of pieces Mark Hearld will be exhibiting as part of York Open Studios.
Posted by Simon Lewin on April 11th, 2013