Jonny Hannah’s Main Street

If you've yet to visit, we'd recommend you head up/down/across to Jonny Hannah's Main Street exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park which runs until 28th February 2016.

Jonny has transformed the YSP Visitor Centre, creating three pop-up shops made entirely from his 2D and 3D artworks.

The exhibition – a tribute to high streets of the past, lined with independent retailers stocking an assortment of curiosities – features a collection of new linocuts, screenprints, and paintings. Incorporating strong colours and typography, and inspired by Hannah’s love of jazz music, the works are reminiscent of 1940s shop signs and concert posters. The exhibition also features Heavy Wool Products Come to McVouty’s – a limited edition screenprint printed at The Penfold Press in Selby, created exclusively for YSP – together with a small hand-painted and printed edition of unique wooden ukuleles. View a selection of the works exhibited

Find out more via the YSP website - you might also like to take this expert's guide to the exhibition or book a ticket for The Darktown Valentine's Cabaret.

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

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Jonny Hannah at YSP

Here's a great little film featuring Jonny Hannah talking about his current exhibition Main Street at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The exhibition features three pop-up shops made entirely from the artist’s 2D and 3D artworks, all of which are available to buy. Navigate Main Street using Hannah’s traditional hand-painted signs suspended above the YSP Centre concourse; natter with the owner of the Record Store; and nip to The Hand and Heart junk shop to pick up anything your heart desires!

You'll even spy Jonny's wallpaper for St Jude's, The Darktown Billets-Doux.

The exhibition runs until the end of February 2016 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG. Find out more

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Edward Bawden at Christmas

Edward Bawden worked with London luxury provisions store Fortnum & Mason for a number years either side of World War II, designing many catalogues, menu cards, brochures and other ephemera.

Bawden's work for the store was captured in Mainstone Press' wonderful Entertaining À La Carte. Unfortunately this limited edition book sold out some time ago but copies can still be found online from time to time.

Here are a few seasonal images of Bawden's work for Fortnum & Mason.

Edward Bawden for Fortnum and Mason

Edward Bawden for Fortnum and Mason

Edward Bawden for Fortnum and Mason

Edward Bawden for Fortnum and Mason

Edward Bawden for Fortnum and Mason

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Nature Study, Late Summer

Earlier in the year I was delighted to be asked by The Pallant House Gallery in Chichester to produce a new screen print to celebrate the opening of their latest exhibition, David Jones: Vision and Memory.

I've written about the inspiration for this new six colour print in the latest Pallant House Gallery magazine, but you can find out more online.

I was particularly influenced by David Jones' Flora in Calix-Light (1950) and Briar Cup (1932). Whilst working on the print I visited Kettle's Yard, focussing on the collections of natural objects such as pale grey-brown feathers scattered upon a shallow glass dish, a small glass jug of asters beside a twist of seaweed stem and Jim Ede's pebble spiral on a simple wooden table.

Angie Lewin - Nature Study, Late Summer - screenprint

Angie Lewin - Nature Study, Late Summer - screenprint

Angie Lewin - Nature Study, Late Summer - screenprint

Angie Lewin - Nature Study, Late Summer - screenprint

Angie Lewin - Nature Study, Late Summer - screenprint

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A visit to The Lumber Room

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.

Mark explains…

“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.”

View further images from our visit or find out more about the exhibition.

You might also like to see Mark's range of fabrics and wallpapers for St Jude's.

The Lumber Room - Unimagined Treasure - curated by Mark Hearld

The Lumber Room - Unimagined Treasure - curated by Mark Hearld

The Lumber Room - Unimagined Treasure - curated by Mark Hearld

The Lumber Room - Unimagined Treasure - curated by Mark Hearld

The Lumber Room - Unimagined Treasure - curated by Mark Hearld

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Emily Sutton

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.

You might also like to view the fabrics that Emily has designed for St Jude's or view a selection of her limited edition prints.

Emily Sutton - Rocking Horse

'Rocking Horse'
Watercolour, 76 x 56cm

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'The Garden Room at 104'
Watercolour, 76 x 56cm

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'Still Life with Coral Teacup'
Watercolour, 22 x 27cm

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'Front Room at 104'
Pencil, 84 x 59cm

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'Cap Oceane, Trouville'
Watercolour, 29.5 x 42cm

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Mark Hearld’s ‘The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures’

Visitors to the newly reopened York Art Gallery will be able to pick up one of these souvenir broadsheets, created by the artist Mark Hearld as part of his curated exhibition 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.

Mark explains…

“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.”

Visit the exhibition at York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW. Find out more from the York Art Gallery website.

You might also like to view Mark's range of artist design fabrics and wallpapers for St Jude's.

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